Electromagnetic fields are all around us. Every time we switch on a light or press a key on our computer keyboard, these fields transmit information to communicate the desired outcome. Light is also an electromagnetic wave. Electromagnetics play a significant role in contributing to the development of many new technologies.
From high-speed internet connections and more secure communication to night vision goggles and virtual reality – electromagnetics is changing the world as we know it. The next generation of sensors, wireless communications, imaging, and computing systems will be based on the sophisticated manipulation of acoustic and electromagnetic fields at the smallest scale. This technology presents exciting opportunities and enormous potential for future discoveries, which will enable smart, highly efficient devices with new functionalities.
Combining nanophotonics, metamaterials, and quantum optics, Advanced Electromagnetic research at UNSW Canberra looks at acoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation, manipulation, and application to drive future innovations across energy and the environment, health and medicine, communications, computing and security.
Our research has supported advances in a variety of transformative products and services and is helping develop resilient devices for defence applications including:
Our experiments cover acoustic, microwave, millimetre wave, terahertz and optical frequencies that have a range of applications across electrical and optoelectronic engineering. Our theoretical work has pushed the boundaries of quantum mechanics and the experimental investigation of quantum gravity, the emulation and investigation of topological properties of materials, and quantum phenomena in electromagnetic and acoustic systems.
Our group encompasses both fundamental and applied research, with funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and extensive collaborations with industry:
We also have links with Defence
We have supervised more than 20 final year projects in Advanced Electromagnetics covering topics such as photovoltaics, metasurfaces and LIDARs for imaging, and autonomous driving. We also teach sections of the elective course Microgrids and Renewable Energy.