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Hybrid plasmonic waveguide for integrated photonic signal


The growing demand for faster communications technologies and the inherent limitations of electronic integrated circuits stimulated the research of nanophotonic components. Furthermore, photonic components have gathered a lot of interest, because they are fast, robust to electromagnetic interference and potentially energy efficient. Yet, possible optical solutions are either quite bulky or suffer from high ohmic losses as the light needs to travel through metal. This project aims to fabricate and experimentally test hybrid plasmonic waveguide architectures for linear and nonlinear applications. By using metals merely to confine the light, such a “hybrid” device thus avoids the drawbacks of traditional photonic solutions, limited by diffraction, and traditional plasmonic devices, dominated by ohmic losses.


Associate Professor Stefano Palomba.

Research location

School of Physics

Program type



The student will perform linear and nonlinear experiments in hybrid structures, validating the theoretical modelling.

Additional information

  • Use of research technique / methodology / technology
  • Potential topics of interest for the research opportunity
  • Current PHD and/or Masters topics
  • Eligibility criteria / candidate profile
  • Scholarship(s)  /  funding available

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2062

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