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Centre of Excellence for MicroPhotonic Systems

The Centre of Excellence for MicroPhotonic Systems (COMPS) is a partnership between ECU and international collaborators from Cambridge University UK, Ulm University Germany, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Israel, TIMA France and EPFL Switzerland, all of whom have world-class researchers and facilities.

Supported by the WA Government's Centres of Excellence in Science and Innovation Program, COMPS aims to provide the highly specialised technical know-how and research needed to trigger a dynamic and vibrant MicroPhotonic industry by facilitating high-level collaboration between these leading international research teams and by arranging access to their state-of-the-art research facilities.

The Centre's research is focused on MicroPhotonics that integrates microelectronics and photonics at micro- and nano-scales.

An enabling technology, MicroPhotonics has application across multiple scientific, technological and industrial fields including ICT, health, agriculture, security, consumer electronics and signal processing. COMPS has already developed and patented technologies in the engineering, photonic engineering, heat transfer, agriculture and sports science fields.

COMPS has recently established an RF Magnetron Sputtering Facility dedicated to the practical implementation of advanced photonic nano-device concepts. The facility is suitable for the synthesis of new and advanced photonic materials, including novel magneto-optic material compositions. COMPS has developed MicroPhotonics demonstrators including:

  • Reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers, intelligent optical splitters, tunable lasers, and OCDMA encoders/decoders. These have applications in ICT.
  • Adaptive optics system for retinal imaging and motionless variable delay unit for optical coherence tomography. These have applications in Health.
  • MicroPhotonics-based static wide-angle pattern projection structure for intruder detection. This has applications in Security.
  • MicroPhotonics-based weed sensor engine for automated crop spraying. The demonstrator uses laser technology and has the ability to accurately discriminate between crops, weed and soils. This weed sensor has applications in precision agriculture.


Professor Kamal Alameh
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5836

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