Physics PhD Unit Set
Our research in Physics focuses predominantly on applications to optical physics, physical sensing, instrumentation and measurement, optical imaging, surface and thin film physics, astronomy, photonics, photovoltaics and microelectronics.
For example, our physicists, in collaboration with industry and government scientists and engineers, are applying optical and acoustic sensing modalities to aircraft airframe analysis, wavepower structure monitoring, water acidity measurements for desalination, acoustic analysis of insect signatures, and radiation interactions in optical fibre systems. Specific postgraduate research topics related to the above topics are developed in conjunction with the postgraduate coordinator or potential supervisor. Physics research at ECU concentrates on: Optical fibre and acoustic sensing across a wide range of applications, including structural health monitoring, agricultural monitoring, oil and gas pipeline monitoring, and radiation detection. Acoustic monitoring of insect infestation and distributions for agricultural systems. Optical imaging using low coherence interferometry, applied to both medical and non-medical applications. Photovoltaic materials and device structures, including power-over-optical-fibre systems. Physics education for both physics and engineering students.
Special entry requirements
It is desirable that all applicants contact a potential supervisor to discuss their research project before applying. Information about ECU's Research Institutions, Centres and Supervisors can be found in the school brochures listed on the Applying for a Research Degree website or the staff contact page of the relevant School.
Availability & Campus
Candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy Integrated (J42) may be required to attend classes on more than one campus to complete the research training component of the course.
Candidates are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors as part of the supervised independent research component of the course.
Academic and research organisations, Government agencies, Oil, gas and mining organisations
Possible future job titles
Research Scientist, Research Fellow, Astronomer, Experimental Scientist, Lecturer, Professor