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DWC Scientists Team up with New Zealand Industry


The Dodd-Walls Centre and the MacDiarmid Institute connected their top scientists with some of New Zealand’s most innovative companies to showcase what they could do for them.  Read more here



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?



 Deadlines for Dodd-Walls Centre PhD applications for 2017 are:  1 March, 1 July and 1 October.

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Dodd-Walls Centre 2016 Annual Report

Dodd-Walls Centre 2016 Annual Report

Read about the Dodd-Walls Centre's activities in 2016

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Dodd-Walls Centre News


The Dodd-Walls Centre is proud to present a series of seminars hosted by our themes on different topics and everyone is welcome to attend.   On Friday 24 November, the QMI seminar will be presented by Gabriel A. Santamaria-Botello, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganés, Spain.  Abstract:  Cosmic microwave background and microwave up-conversion: Limitations and quantum noise

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Congratulations to DWC Investigator Stephane Coen

Congratulations to DWC Investigator Stephane Coen who has been awarded a James Cook Fellowship to work on a “Widely tunable optical fibre frequency comb”. You can read more about Stephane’s research project here and the James Cook Fellowship Award here

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RSNZ Award to DWC PhD student Ryan Thomas

17 October 2017

Congratulatuons to Ryan Thomas, DWC PhD student, on winning the Hatherton Award at the RSNZ Awards Dinner on 9 October.   The Hatherton Award is for the best scientific paper by a PhD student at any NZ university, in chemical sciences, physical sciences, mathematical and information sciences.   

Our congratulations also go to Associate Professor Niels Kjaergaard, Ryan's PhD supervisor.   Read more about Ryan's award here


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Postgrads Valued at Dodd-Walls Centre

04 September 2017

DWC Director Prof David Hutchinson, features in an article in the latest edition of the Otago Post.   This article highlights the value of our postgrad students and the wealth of opportunity for involvement as part of the DWC.

You can read the full article by going to www.otago.ac.nz/postgraduate/otagopost/otago654008.html

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Congratulations DWC Prof Blair Blakie!

 11 August 2017

DWC Professor Blair Blakie became an official Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) last week at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck  read more

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Ag at Otago / DWC Enterprise & Innovation Workshop

 10 August 2017

Ag at Otago and Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonics and Quantum Technologies collaborate to host a two day workshop on Enterprise and Innovation for University of Otago postgraduate students.  See our News and Events page for more!

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DWC Teaching science on the Chatham and Pitt Islands Graeme Hill Interview with DWC Director, David Hutchinson from the Chatham Islands. more »
Science educators off to Chathams

22 July 2017

A high-powered team of science outreach educators from the Dodd-Walls Centre and Otago Museum head to the Chatham Islands. Read more here

Radio New Zealand interview of the Greatest Science Show Ever in the History of the Chathams can be heard here.

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Time Stretch and its Applications

 02 June 2017

Photonic Time Stretch 

Observing non-repetitive and statistically rare signals that occur on short timescales requires fast real-time measurements that exceed the speed, precision and record length of conventional digitizers.  

DWC Principal Investigator Neil Broderick and collaborators have written a paper on Time Stretch and its applications in Nature Photonics - click here to see it 

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Scientists Discover Extreme Geothermal Activity in Southland DWC Investigator Neil Broderick involved in Nature publication on Extreme hydrothermal conditions at an active plate-bounding fault more »
Bright Ideas Competition at 2017 CLEO Laser Science Conference Winner The Dodd-Walls Centre is thrilled to announce that Harald Schwefel was awarded winner of the Quantel Laser: Bright Ideas Competition at the 2017 CLEO Laser Science to Photonic Applications event in San Jose. Having reached the final round of four entrants, Harald presented to the Panel at CLEO, and was delighted to win the competition and receive US$30,000 of laser equipment. more »
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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Dissipative Phases of Cavity-Mediated Photon Interactions
The DWC is hosting a series of seminars and public lectures open for everyone to attend, details can be found below.  


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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


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