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Physical sciences

Research in physical sciences at Macquarie University received the highest possible rating in ERA 2012 - 'performance well above world standard'

5-rated disciplinePhysical sciences research
5-rated sub-disciplines
  • astronomical and space sciences
  • quantum physics
4-rated sub-discipline
  • optical physics

Based predominantly within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, research in physical sciences at Macquarie has a strong focus on experimental and applied physics, while also concentrating on more fundamental and theoretical studies of astrophysic, atomic, optical and quantum physics.

Excellence in optical systems and quantum science

Macquarie hosts the OptoFab node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, and enjoys a strategic alliance with the Anglo-Australian Observatory.

Macquarie is also a major node in the Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), and Macquarie's Research Centre in Quantum Science and Technology is a major node of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS).

Additionally, our Optical Characterisation Facility provides state-of-the-art facilities for microspectroscopy and diagnostics, including AFM and two-photon scanning confocal microscopy.

Research - Physical sciences

Biomedical research across disciplines

Macquarie's BioFocus Research Centre, founded in 2010, facilitates interdisciplinary research between biology, engineering, medicine and quantitative sciences, and creates a critical mass of researchers to pursue fundamental problems in biomedical research.

Astronomy, astrophysics and astrophotonics

Another new centre at Macquarie – the Research Centre in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics – is undertaking research in the areas of astrophotonics, binary stars, planetary nebulae, proto-planetary disks and star formation.

World-leading researchers

  • Professor Brian Orr holds an Optical Society of America William F Meggers Award
  • Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research Professor Jim Piper holds a WH (Beattie) Steel Medal and Carnegie Centenary Professorship
  • Orr, Piper and Professor Ewa Goldys have been elected Fellows of the Optical Society of America

National research centres

ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems
equs.org
Professor Jason Twamley

ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems
web.science.mq.edu.au/groups/cudos
Associate Professor Michael Withford

OptoFab node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility
anff.org.au/
Professor Michael Withford

Macquarie University research centres

BioFocus Research Centre
biofocus.science.mq.edu.au/
Professor Ewa Goldys

Photonics Research Centre
web.science.mq.edu.au/mqphotonics/
Professor Michael Withford

Research Centre in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics
physics.mq.edu.au/astronomy
Professor Quentin Parker

Research Centre in Quantam Science and Technology (QSciTech)
qscitech.info
Professor Jason Twamley