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DWC Scientists Team up with New Zealand Industry


The Dodd-Walls Centre and the MacDiarmid Institute connected their top scientists with some of New Zealand’s most innovative companies to showcase what they could do for them.  Read more here



DWC Seminar Series 2017

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The Dodd-Walls Centre is a world class collaborative research network building on New Zealand’s strength in the fields of quantum optics, photonics and precision atomic physics. Our research centres around photonics, the manipulation of light at the most fundamental, quantum level, and the control and manipulation of matter at the atomic scale, through the use of light.

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Find out more about Quantum Mechanics

Find out more about Bose-Einstein Condensates

What is an atom?



 Deadlines for Dodd-Walls Centre PhD applications for 2017 are:  1 March, 1 July and 1 October.

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Dodd-Walls Centre 2016 Annual Report

Dodd-Walls Centre 2016 Annual Report

Read about the Dodd-Walls Centre's activities in 2016

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Dodd-Walls Centre News

The Dodd-Walls Centre is proud to present a series of seminars hosted by our themes on different topics and everyone is welcome to attend.   Friday’s Quantum Fluids and Gases (QFG) seminar is presented by Dr Ulrich Ebling from Massey University.   Abstract:  Dynamics of multi-component Fermi gases

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Time Stretch and its Applications

 02 June 2017

Photonic Time Stretch 

Observing non-repetitive and statistically rare signals that occur on short timescales requires fast real-time measurements that exceed the speed, precision and record length of conventional digitizers.  

DWC Principal Investigator Neil Broderick and collaborators have written a paper on Time Stretch and its applications in Nature Photonics - click here to see it 

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Scientists Discover Extreme Geothermal Activity in Southland DWC Investigator Neil Broderick involved in Nature publication on Extreme hydrothermal conditions at an active plate-bounding fault more »
Bright Ideas Competition at 2017 CLEO Laser Science Conference Winner The Dodd-Walls Centre is thrilled to announce that Harald Schwefel was awarded winner of the Quantel Laser: Bright Ideas Competition at the 2017 CLEO Laser Science to Photonic Applications event in San Jose. Having reached the final round of four entrants, Harald presented to the Panel at CLEO, and was delighted to win the competition and receive US$30,000 of laser equipment. more »
Collective Strong Coupling of Cold Atoms to an All-Fiber Ring Cavity

DWC Investigator Dr Maarten Hoogerland was a contributing author of the following article recently published in Optica more »

NZ Physists Collide Ultracold Atoms to Observe a Key Quantum Principle

15 March 2017

DWC Physicists Neils Kjaergaard and Ryan Thomas were recently interviewed by ABC Australia.  For more information or to hear the interview, click here

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DWC Scientists control atom

9 March 2017

The equipment Dr Mikkel Andersen and fellow researchers have developed to control individual atoms looks like the stuff of historic science fiction. Read more

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New gas sensing using photonic technology

Dunedin-based Photonic Innovations has acquired complementary gas detection technology that makes workplaces such as meat processing companies and cool stores safer. Read more here

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Former DWC Student wins Woolf Fisher Fellowship Award

Former DWC and Otago Unversity Phd Student, Matthew McGovern has won the prestigious Woolf Fisher Fellowship Award, Congratulations! For full story click here

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DWC 2017 Symposium covered on the media

The importance of Quantum Technology was a major topic at the DWC 2017 Symposium. Invited scientists from overseas were interviewed by TV1 News here, Channel 39 here and Radio NZ here.

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DWC Member Simon Poole of Finisar receives the Charles Todd Medal

To listen to the full interview on Radio NZ click here

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DWC Member - Associate Professor Stephane Coen wins Hector Medal at Royal Society Research Honours
IN November 2016 DWC Investigator Stèphane Coen was awarded the Hector Medal by the Royal Society New Zealand. The Hector Medal is awarded for an outstanding advancement in the physical sciences and this was awarded to Stèphane for his research into optical phenomena in optical fibre and microresonators.  For the full article read here
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Latest Lighthouse Platform Event
During the latest Lighthouse Platform event on 1st Dec 2016, members of Industry came together to hear Simon Poole (New Business Ventures, Finisar Ltd, Australia) and Andy Brown (Global Business Development, SPIE, USA) at the Generator in Auckland's CBD.
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Our Stories
 Madhuri Kumari, PhD student in the Dodd-Walls Centre, “After spending two years as a junior research fellow at Raman Research Institute, Madhuri left India for the first time and followed her passion for optics all the way to New Zealand” Read Madhuri's full story here
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Dissipative Phases of Cavity-Mediated Photon Interactions
The DWC is hosting a series of seminars and public lectures open for everyone to attend, details can be found below.  


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Dodd-Walls Centre Partner Organizations

Hosted by the University of Otago


The University of Auckland



Massey University


The University of Canterbury




Victoria University of Wellington





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