Optics research facilities

For information relating to these facilities, please contact: A/Prof Robert Scholten, r.scholten at physics.unimelb.edu.auTel. (03) 8344 5457.

School/Faculty workshops

Mechanical workshops: High-tech design, prototyping, precision machining, computer-controlled milling and turning, wire-cutting, inert-gas welding.
Electronics workshops: Design and prototyping, analogue and digital.


  • Coherent 899-21 single-frequency ring laser, with Ti:sapphire and dye gain media
  • Coherent Sabre 10 watt argon ion pump laser
  • 500 mW 780nm tapered amplifier semiconductor laser
  • NewFocus 10mW 780nm tunable diode laser
  • 100 mW Frequency doubled Nd:YAG
  • 100 mW Argon ion
  • 25W CO2 laser
  • Diode lasers and controllers (many)
  • He-Ne lasers

X-ray equipment

  • Stable CE-certified high-frequency 18 kW, 60 kV rotating anode source 
  • 5 micron spot size, 160 kV, Feinfocus X-ray source 
  • Other medium and soft X-ray sources
  • High Vacuum systems 
  • State-of-the-art curved crystal Johann spectrometer 
  • State-of-the-art 2D Backgammon X-ray detector 
  • Double-flat crystal monochromators and analysers 
  • A variety of detectors including X-ray CCD cameras, Si-PIN detectors 
  • Scintillators, and X-ray photographic cameras

UHV Rb beam line

Imaging systems

  • 12-bit and 16-bit visible and x-ray CCD cameras
  • Olympus microscopes

Electronic and optical equipment

  • Lock-in amplifiers
  • Spatial light modulators
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Burleigh 7-digit wavemeter
  • Optical spectrum analysers
  • Optical power meters


  • DEC Alpha workstations
  • Personal computer
  • \Black and white and colour postscript printers
  • 4mm tape drive
  • 650MB magneto-optical disk drive