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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.


Currently accepting PhD candidates.


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- present)


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Projects 2006 2021

Research Outputs 1983 2019

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Fluorescent Dyes

Insights from a systematic study of crosstalk in adiabatic couplers

Ng, V., Tuniz, A., Dawes, J. M. & Martijn De Sterke, C., 15 Mar 2019, In : OSA Continuum. 2, 3, p. 629-639 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Liquid-phase epitaxial growth and characterization of Nd:YAl3(BO3)4 optical waveguides

Lu, Y., Dekker, P. & Dawes, J. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Crystals. 9, 2, p. 1-9 9 p., 79.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Liquid phase epitaxy
Optical waveguides

Plasmonic effect on performance of random lasers

Ismail, W. Z. W., Jamaludin, J., Ismail, I., Sahrim, M., Balakrishnan, S. & Dawes, J., Mar 2018, In : Advanced Science Letters. 24, 3, p. 1689-1693 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Plasmonic second-harmonic generation in gold: Lithium niobate thin films

Ng, V., Warrier, A. M., Lin, J., Spence, D. J., Downes, J. E., Coutts, D. W. & Dawes, J. M., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics. 35, 2, p. 302-307 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

lithium niobates
harmonic generations
thin films


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