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Research interests:

Light interaction with matter at the nanoscale. Random lasers – fundamental phenomena and applications in sensing. Plasmonic enhancement of laser amplification. Laser applications for sensing and biomedical applications.


Contact for information re PhD candidature.


Postdoctoral and Research student supervision and co-supervision  

3 Postdoctoral associates and 18 PhD graduates – of whom 14 are working in local/international photonics industry or universities: others are working in teaching, patent law or managerial roles.

11 Masters graduates - of whom all are working in photonics or related industry or university laboratories

11 Honours (4th year) graduates – of whom 8 are working in photonics or related industry, 2 are working in medicine, one is in patent law.



1988, Ph.D., University of Sydney, Australia.

1985, Rotary International Foundation Fellowship at University of Rochester, NY.


Research Grants-External: Australian Research Council (~AU$46.5 million)

Research Grants-Competitive & Internal to the University (~ $2 million)


Professional Societies

1984-present, American Physical Society.

1984-present, Optical Society of America. (Fellow from 2019)

1990-present, Australian Optical Society.

1995-present, SPIE (Fellow from 2018)

1996-2006, American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (Fellow from 2002)

2007-2014, elected Councillor of the Australian Optical Society.

2008-2012, elected Vice President then President, of the Australian Optical Society.

2017- present, elected Honorary Treasurer, Science and Technology Australia.


Macquarie University Administration 

Head of Department of Physics and Astronomy (2013-2015),

Elected member of Academic Senate (2017- present),

Chair Faculty Women in STEM committee (2016- 2019)


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Research Outputs

Opal-templated films for optical strain sensing

Sitpathom, N., Muangnapoh, T. & Dawes, J. M., 25 May 2020, In : Optics Express. 28, 11, p. 16280-16287 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Plasmon resonance of spherical and ellipsoidal gold particles in hexagonal-plasmonic arrays

    Sitpathom, N., Dawes, J. M., Muangnapoh, T., Kumnorkaew, P., Suwana, S., Sinsarp, A. & Osotchan, T., 11 Mar 2020, Fourth International Conference on Photonics Solutions (ICPS 2019). Kawanishi, T., Kanprachar, S., Anukool, W. & Mankong, U. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, 7 p. 1133103. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 11331).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

    Open Access
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    Properties of Random Lasers in a hollow core photonic crystal fiber

    Wan Ismail, W. Z., Hurot, C. & Dawes, J. M., Mar 2020, In : Laser Physics. 30, 3, 7 p., 035002.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A Random laser based on hybrid fluorescent dye and diamond nanoneedles

    Duong, N. M. H., Regan, B., Toth, M., Aharonovich, I. & Dawes, J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Physica Status Solidi - Rapid Research Letters. 13, 2, 5 p., 1800513.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Enhancement of random laser properties on solid polymer films by increasing scattering effect

    Ismail, W. Z. W., Kamil, W. M. W. A. & Dawes, J. M., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Russian Laser Research. 40, 4, p. 364-369 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Fellow, OSA, The Optical Society

    Judith Dawes (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

    Fellow of SPIE

    Judith Dawes (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Treasurer, Science and Technology Australia

    Judith Dawes (Recipient), Oct 2017

    Prize: Other distinction