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Biography

I am the Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineeringa. From 2016-2018 I was the Director of the MQ Photonics Research Centre. From 2009 to 2012 I was Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I am a member of the Optical Society of America and the Australian Optical Society. I was previously a Macquarie University Research Fellow (1992 to 1994), then spent eight years in the department of Atomic and Laser Physics, University of Oxford first as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (1995-1999) and then as an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (1999-2003) before returning to Macquarie in 2003.

I have taught units in core physics, photonics, optical physics, atomic physics, planetary science, molecular spectroscopy and nonlinear optics. I also taught a general interest Planet unit: Big Ideas in Science. I have supervised 14 completed PhD students, 12 completed MPhys/Honours students and I am currently supervisor/associate supervisor for a further 5 PhD students.

If you are propsective PhD student and find any of my research areas below of interest, please email me. 

Research interests

Laser Development

My research interests include laser device development, nonlinear frequency conversion and applications of optics and lasers. Laser systems developed include high beam quality pulsed metal vapour lasers (including frequency doubled systems), tunable cerium solid-state lasers, Ti:sapphire lasers, liquid and solid-dye lasers; applications include materials processing, laser micromachining, laser based high speed imaging and biophotonics. Recent work focuses on developing all-solid state cerium UV lasers including nanosecond, ultrafast and continuous wave systems, and their applications to biophotonics sensing; and plasmonics.

 I also like to have fun with high power lasers:

Laser projection in the sky

Lasers in the night sky, under direction of air traffic control.

 

Research interests

Vortex Beams

My research on optical vortex beams focuses on high orbital angular momentum beams, their generation and propagation in optical fibres and free space and techniques for characterising and visualising these beams. I also explore mode coupling effects of these beams in multimode optical fibres. 

Visualisation of a high orbital angular momentum vortex beam

 

Research interests

Astrophotonics

My research on astrophotonics includes developing spectrographs and calibrators for spectrographs for precision radial velocity measurement for exoplanet detection and characterisation. I also explore beam propagation effects in the fibres used to couple light from the telescope to the spectrograph. For example, exploring the effects of microbends in multimode optical fibres:

Simulation of the effect of a microbend on the far-field output of a multimode optical fibre with off-axis input. 

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Projects 2007 2021

Research Outputs 1989 2019

Beam shaping of a broad-area laser diode using 3D integrated optics

Gross, S., Coutts, D. W., Dubinskiy, M. & Withford, M. J., 15 Feb 2019, In : Optics Letters. 44, 4, p. 831-834 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

integrated optics
semiconductor lasers
fibers
output
optical fibers

A diagnostic tool for microbends in fiber termination as a source of FRD

Coutts, D. W., 10 Jul 2018, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III. Navarro, R. & Geyl, R. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, p. 1-8 8 p. 107066E. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10706).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Termination
Diagnostics
Multimode fibers
Fiber
Multimode Fiber

A high resolution echelle spectrograph for exoplanet searches with small aperture telescopes

Lentini, N., Tiong, B. C. K., Dubois, L., Feger, T., Coutts, D. W., Fallscheer, C. & Schwab, C., 6 Jul 2018, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII. Evans, C. J., Simard, L. & Takami, H. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, p. 1-6 6 p. 107026I. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10702).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Echelle
Exoplanets
Spectrographs
Spectrograph
extrasolar planets

Developing an ultra-stable single mode fiber spectrograph for adaptive optics assisted observation in the infrared

Kuo Tiong, B. C., Schwab, C., Feger, T., Rukdee, S., Vanzi, L. & Coutts, D. W., 9 Jul 2018, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII. Evans, C. J., Simard, L. & Takami, H. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, p. 1-7 7 p. 107025T. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10702).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Spectrographs
Adaptive optics
Single-mode Fiber
Spectrograph
Adaptive Optics

Development of the single-mode fiber integral field unit for the RHEA Spectrograph

Rains, A. D., Ireland, M. J., Jovanovic, N., Bento, J., Feger, T., Lozi, J., Schwab, C., Coutts, D. W., Guyon, O., Arriola, A., Gross, S. & Harris, J. E., 6 Jul 2018, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII. Evans, C. J., Simard, L. & Takami, H. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, p. 1-11 11 p. 107025J. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10702).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Integral Field Unit
Spectrographs
Single-mode Fiber
Spectrograph
Single mode fibers