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The Dodd-Walls Centre

 A New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence

Lighthouse Platform Event

Ideas & Execution: The Yin and Yang of Innovation - 1st Dec 2016 6-8PM at the Generator, Auckland CBD.

International guest speakers Simon Poole (New Business Ventures, Finisar Ltd, Australia) and Andy Brown (Global Business Development, SPIE, USA).
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The DWC is hosting a series of seminars and public lectures open for everyone to attend, details can be found below.  

Seminar Series
Friday 9th December, 2:00PM - PSI Seminar - TBC
Friday 16th December, 12PM - QFG Seminar - TBC


The Dodd-Walls Centre is a world class collaborative research network building on New Zealand’s strength in the fields of quantum optics, photonics and precision atomic physics. Our research centres around photonics, the manipulation of light at the most fundamental, quantum level, and the control and manipulation of matter at the atomic scale, through the use of light.

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Find out more about Quantum Mechanics

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Dodd-Walls Centre 2015 Annual Report

Dodd-Walls Centre 2015 Annual Report

Read about the Dodd-Walls Centre's first year of operation as a Centre of Research Excellence

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Read about Facts and Figures here


Upcoming Events

IONS KOALA 2016, 27 November - 2 December

The 9th Conference on Optics, Atoms and Laser Applications (KOALA) and International OSA Network of Students (IONS) event will be co-hosted by students from Monash and Swinburne Universities in Melbourne from Sunday 27th November to Friday 2nd December 2016. IONS KOALA is Australia and New Zealand's only student conference in the fields of optics, quantum optics, atom optics, photonics and laser technology. For registrations and details, see http://ionskoala.osahost.org, or email info@koala2016.com. Registrations close 14th October.
Dodd-Walls Centre News
DWC Researchers at Otago University have gas droplet theory realised!

 Dodd-Walls researchers Dr Danny Baillie and Prof. Blair Blakie, both at the University of Otago, have led a team that predicted how to produce a stable droplet out of an ultra-cold gas. This prediction was realised by an experiment in Germany.  Congratulations to Danny, Blair and the rest of their team! For full story read here

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DWC Excellence in Research Outputs

The DWC was recently ranked 10th in in New Zealand for research outputs in a Nature review article. Read more here

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DWC student, Sam Hitchman receives high distinction
DWC member Sam Hitchman has been recognized with high distinction for his work in the postgraduate poster competition at Auckland University.  Well done Sam! For the full story click here
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DWC Member Jami Johnson wins poster competition
DWC Member and Auckland University postgraduate, Jami Johnson won the student poster competition at the Excite Summer School in Zurich on Biomedical Imaging.  Jami was also a SPIE travel award recipient which helped facilitate her travel to the school. Congratulations Jami! Read the full story here
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DWC member receives Doctoral runner up award in Auckland University Competition
Dodd-Walls Centre postgraduate student, Sam Hitchman has placed second in the University of Auckland's 'Three Minute Thesis' competition on presentation of his work on laser ultrasound on apples. Read the full story here.  Congratulations Sam!
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Our Stories
 Madhuri Kumari, PhD student in the Dodd-Walls Centre, “After spending two years as a junior research fellow at Raman Research Institute, Madhuri left India for the first time and followed her passion for optics all the way to New Zealand” Read Madhuri's full story here
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Luminesence at the Queenstown Symposium

 Luminescence for schools, Atomic Lego public lecture, and 9th Annual DWC symposium held in Queenstown. Read more

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DWC Research highlighted in APPN

Following on from the Nature Communications publication for DWC Member, Dr Niels Kjaergaard’s research group on“Multiple scattering dynamics of fermions at an isolated p-wave resonance”, their work has been highlighted in the latest Asia/Pacific Physics Newsletter


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DWC Member wins 2016 Todd Foundation Award
FoodSafe doctoral scholar Fang Ou (Rachel) has won a 2016 Todd Foundation Award for Excellence (Universities) valued at $5000. Congratulations Rachel!! Full story on our news and events page.
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DWC Investigator Dr Fredqerique Vanholsbeeck named Science Leader (NZ-FSSRC)

Dr Vanholsbeeck has been named the science leader for the University of Auckland for The New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre (NZ-FSSRC).

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DWC Researchers at Photonics West BIOS 2016
DWC Researchers and their work were featured in a Nature Photonics editorial about Photonics West BIOS 2016 in San Francisco. For full story head to our news and events page.
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DWC Director forges new collaboration with Institute of Physics (UK)
The President of the New Zealand Institute of Physics returned to his academic roots in Exeter to forge a new collaboration with his UK counterpart - a University of Exeter physics professor. For full article read here
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Dunedin Aurora
Please head over to our news and events page to view beautiful pictures of a Dunedin Aurora taken by Dr Ian Griffin, DWC Education Team member, Honourary Fellow in Physics and Director of the Otago Museum
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DWC & Otago Physicists observe Key Quantum Principle
Associate Professor Niels Kjaergaard's research on the collision of atoms to observe key quantum principle, for the full article find the link on our news and events page.
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DWC student wins Community award at Science Festival

Bianca Sawyer has been awarded the Post Graduate Student Award! Read more here 
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Engender Technologies WINNER in AgTech Sector for World Cup Tech Challenge

New Zealand tech start-up company winner of AgTech Sector in World Cup Tech Challenge read full press release on our news and events page.

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Cather Simpson: Photonics and Sperm

Read more about Cather's start up company, Engender Technologies and listen to her interview with Kim Hill at Radio NZ here

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Dodd-Walls Centre Partner Organizations

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The University of Auckland



Massey University


The University of Canterbury




Victoria University of Wellington





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