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The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies

The Dodd-Walls Centre is a Centre of Research Excellence 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.

Our aim is to generate fundamental knowledge about how the physical universe is composed and behaves and to undertake cutting-edge research with the potential to underpin advanced technological development.

Alongside this research focus, the Centre educates and mentors highly skilled individuals and provides pathways for commercialisation of research and career development.

The Dodd-Walls Centre has existed as a collaborative centre between the Universities of Otago and Auckland since 2006, and is named after two of New Zealand's pioneering researchers in quantum physics, Professors Jack Dodd and Dan Walls.

The new Centre of Research Excellence is much larger, encompassing researchers from five universities as well as partners from government, local businesses and overseas research institutions.


Our Strategic Outcomes

Increased scientific impact. Enhance New Zealand’s international scientific reputation by creating a centre that is recognised as one of the premier organisations in the field of photonic and quantum technologies, becoming a flagship for scientific excellence showcasing New Zealand innovation. The Centre’s work will be sought for its innovation and expertise and make it a destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest students.

Enhanced economic output. Develop and expand New Zealand’s high-tech industry sector, adding to the country’s economic growth, via the successful application of photonic and quantum technologies and focused, concerted education and outreach to existing New Zealand industry regarding the advances these technologies can afford.

Stronger workforce. Grow the pool of highly skilled New Zealand workers with the highest level of training, mentoring and hands-on experience with state-of-the-art photonic and quantum technologies research and development in our labs and in partnership with New Zealand industry.

Better careers. Increase the number of high-quality, high-earning career pathways in New Zealand through the enhancement of existing high-tech businesses, and the creation of new ones and ensure these career pathways are opened more equitably for all New Zealanders through enhanced public engagement, outreach and education.

Improved decision-making. Inform decision making processes of businesses and government through consultation and the sharing of consolidated knowledge of the science and technology of using light.

Improved scientific literacy. An increased knowledge and use of science in society, especially by groups traditionally under-represented in science. Increased awareness of the benefits accrued through the support of research, the power of the scientific method and the importance of scientifically informed decision making.



Our Mission

* to create a research centre that is recognised as one of the world’s leading organisations in the field of photonic and quantum technologies,

* to build upon the acknowledged strength of New Zealand in the areas of non-linear and quantum optics and precision atomic physics,

* to train and develop skilled staff and students to the highest international standards, and

* to help develop the high-tech industry sector, thus ensuring economic growth and continued career pathways in New Zealand.



Collaborating Partners

Tertiary Partners: University of Otago (Host Institution), University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Canterbury, and Victoria University of Wellington

Non-Tertiary Partners: Callaghan Innovation, Southern Photonics, Canterbury Development Corporation, and Otago Museum

International Partners: Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics and University of Strathclyde, UK, and the Joint Quantum Institute, USA, University of Science & Technology, Anhui, China