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CSIRO team’s optics expertise honored with SPIE Technology Award at Australia congress

13 December 2012

SPIE Technology Award to CSIRO
The SPIE 2012 Technology Achievement Award was presented to CSIRO during the Australian Institute of Physics Congress this week. From left, David Farrant (Principal Research Scientist, Optical Metrology) and Svetlana Dligatch (Senior Research Scientist, Optical Coatings) accepted the award from SPIE President Eustace Dereniak and SPIE President-Elect Bill Arnold.


SYDNEY, Australia, and BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- World-leading expertise in optical fabrication, metrology and coating over more than three decades has earned high-level recognition for the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) team from the Australian Center for Precision Optics. The team was presented with the 2012 SPIE Technology Achievement Award during a major international optics event in Sydney this week.

CSIRO's David Farrant and Svetlana Dligatch accepted the award from SPIE President Eustace Dereniak (College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona) and SPIE President-Elect Bill Arnold (ASML US) at the Australian Institute of Physics Congress (AIPC). Held 9-13 December, the event incorporated the Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology and was associated with the Australian Optical Society Conference.

The annual SPIE Technology Achievement Award recognizes outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging, and includes an honorarium of $2,000.

Along with Farrant and Dligatch, CSIRO team members are

  • Bob Oreb
  • Roger Netterfield
  • Achim Leistner
  • Jeff Seckold
  • Jan Burke
  • Katie Green
  • Mark Gross
  • Anatoli Chtanov
  • Philip Fairman
  • Edita Puhanic
  • Matthias Burger
  • Wayne Stuart
  • Ron Bulla
  • Terry Kinder
  • Neil Blenman
  • Khuen Wong.

In the closing session, Tomonori Hu of the University of Sydney was awarded the SPIE Student Prize for best paper, including a $1,250 travel grant for an SPIE conference, and Stephanie Crawford, University of Sydney, won the Wanda Henry Prize for best student presentation. Sam Legge (University of Newcastle) and Matthew Collins (CUDOS) were recognized for Highly Commended papers.

Arnold was among invited speakers at the congress, presenting a talk on "Progress in extreme ultraviolet lithography for IC manufacturing," in the session on Optics, Photonics and Lasers: Nanofabrication.

SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs also attended the congress, and visited the Swinburne University of Technology where he gave a talk on "Photonics: An Area of Promise in a More Difficult Era for Science.


Tomonori Hu and Eustace Dereniak
Tomonori Hu was awarded the SPIE Student Prize by SPIE President Eustace Dereniak.


AIPC Industry Workshop
AIPC industry workshop participants included, from left, Milton Chang (Incubic), Mary O'Cane (New South Wales Chief Scientist and Engineer), Ben Eggleton (University of Sydney), and John Harvey (University of Auckland). Sitting with Chang and Harvey on the panel were Simon Poole (Finisar Australia) and Jim Patrick (Cochlear).


AIPC Steel Medal presentation
Australian Optical Society President Ann Roberts (University of Melbourne) presented the 2012 W.H. (Beattie) Steel Medal to Barry Luther-Davies (Australian National University).


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