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The Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) was established at ECU in 2003. Our aim is to excel in fundamental and applied research in microelectronics and photonics and to venture into related areas of nano-technology to develop novel integrated intelligent structures capable of adaptively processing ultra-wideband signals for key global market applications as well as creating a new platform for low-power system-on-chip integration.

Electron science

Electron science is based on the revolutionary marriage of microelectronics and photon based sciences with that of nano- and bio-technologies. It underpins developments in, information and communications technologies (ICT), health, environment and energy, which will allow the creation of an entirely new range of products and services.

Building on its excellence in micro/nano-photonic and electronic research, ESRI is currently extending its expertise and knowledge base into new areas such as advanced precision agriculture, bio-photonics, high-efficiency solar cells, security and defence laser intruder detection systems for security and national defence.

ESRI has built strong links through close interaction with the WA government and communities, as well as with national and international institutions and industries. ESRI has attracted industry research contracts for the development of micro-photonics-based prototypes, namely, laser-based weed identification and discrimination; magnetic-based telemetry for core level indication; laser arrays for airborne radar; board-to-board optical interconnects; opto-VLSI-based tuneable lasers; near infrared breast scanning; and magneto-photonics micro-displays.

Our research

Our researchers at the Electron Science Research Institute represent a wide range of disciplines:

  • hybrid microelectronics and micro/nano-photonics
  • optical-very large scale integrated (OPTO-VLSI) systems:
    • opto-VLSI tuneable lasers;
    • reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexers (ROADM);
    • adaptive splitters;
    • smart antennas;
  • remote sensing:
    • microphotonic plant discrimination and weed control sensor;
    • photonic sensor for object discrimination using wavelength multiplexing;
  • electronics;
  • plasmonics and solar cells;
  • biophotonics:
    • a multiwavelength light emitting diode array for near infrared breast scanner;
    • fibre-optic sensor network for real-time water-quality monitoring;
    • magnetocardiology;
  • nanophotonics:
    • ultra-high speed infrared light modulators and magneto-optic light controllers for telecommunications industry;
    • quantum information processing; and
    • nano-engineered materials.

Micro/nano-photonic research and education activities carried out by ESRI staff and postgraduates have been supported by funds from the School and the Research Services at ECU, as well as external industry projects and WA State Government funding.

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