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The Dodd-Walls Centre

 A New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence

DWC Seminar Series 2017

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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

Find out more about Bose-Einstein Condensates

What is an atom?




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 Member Simon Poole of Finisar receives the Charles Todd Medal

To listen to the full interview on Radio NZ click here

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Three DWC Members win Awards at the Science Divisional Awards Ceremony
The Dodd-Walls Centre would like to congratulate Professor Rob Ballagh, Associate Professor Niels Kjaegaard and Postgraduate Student Thomas Ryan on receiving recognition from the Science Divisional Awards Ceremony at the University of Otago. For full details click here
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DWC Member - Associate Professor Stephane Coen wins Hector Medal at Royal Society Research Honours
DWC Investigator Associate Professor Stèphane Coen was awarded the Hector Medal at last night's Royal Society Research Honours Awards held in Christchurch. The Hector Medal is awarded for an outstanding advancement in the physical sciences and this was awarded to Stèphane for his research into optical phenomena in optical fibre and microresonators.  
What a marvellous achievement, Congratulations Stèphane from the Dodd-Walls Centre.  For the full article read here


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Latest Lighthouse Platform Event
During the latest Lighthouse Platform event, members of Industry came together to hear International guest speakers Simon Poole (New Business Ventures, Finisar Ltd, Australia) and Andy Brown (Global Business Development, SPIE, USA) at the Generator in Auckland's CBD. The topic was Ideas & Execution: The Yin and Yang of Innovation on 1st Dec 2016.
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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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Dodd-Walls Centre Partner Organizations

Hosted by the University of Otago


The University of Auckland



Massey University


The University of Canterbury




Victoria University of Wellington





Dodd-Walls Centre Links


The Photon Factory



The Lighthouse Platform

Quantum Science Otago


Illuminating New Zealand