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Rich Mildren (Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2010-2014) is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. His research is in the development of novel and versatile photonic sources, instrumentation and applications. His PhD and early postdoctoral research was in the plasma kinetics of high power metal vapour lasers. He has studied ultrafast lasers at the National Research Council in Pisa, Italy. For 3 years (2005-2008) he led R&D for a University spin-off company in wavelength-switchable medical lasers, during which time he brought several medical laser products through to the stage of medical device regulatory approval. His most recent focus, conducted in the MQ Photonics Research Centre, is in the nonlinear optical phenomena in advanced optical materials including in synthetic diamond. Latest research results and news can be found on the Diamond Laser Group website

He was recipient of the 2017 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. 

Research interests

  • Diamond optics, lasers and quantum phenomena
  • High power lasers and applications
  • Laser-induced phenomena on diamond surfaces


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Projects 2007 2021

Research Outputs 1994 2019

1.2 kW quasi-steady-state diamond Raman laser pumped by an M2 = 15 beam

Antipov, S., Sabella, A., Williams, R. J., Kitzler, O., Spence, D. J. & Mildren, R. P., 15 May 2019, In : Optics Letters. 44, 10, p. 2506-2509 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

quasi-steady states
Raman lasers
thermal lensing

Continuously tunable diamond Raman laser for resonance laser ionization

Chrysalidis, K., Fedosseev, V. N., Marsh, B. A., Mildren, R. P., Spence, D. J., Wendt, K. D. A., Wilkins, S. G. & Granados, E., 15 Aug 2019, In : Optics Letters. 44, 16, p. 3924-3927 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Raman lasers

Generalised theory of polarisation modes for resonators containing birefringence and anisotropic gain

Kitzler, O., Spence, D. J. & Mildren, R. P., 10 Jun 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 12, p. 17209-17220 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Raman lasers
laser cavities

High-power single-frequency 620 nm laser based on diamond Raman and intracavity frequency doubling

Yang, X., Kitzler, O., Spence, D. J., Williams, R. J., Bai, Z., Sarang, S., Zhang, L., Feng, Y. & Mildren, R. P., Jun 2019, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2019: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 1 p.

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

Harmonic generation
Laser modes

Photochemical etching of carbonyl groups from a carbon matrix: The (001) diamond surface

Weston, L., Downes, J. E., Baldwin, C. G., Granados, E., Abdulkader Tawfik, S., Cui, X. Y., Stampfl, C. & Mildren, R. P., 8 Jan 2019, In : Physical Review Letters. 122, 1, p. 016802-1-16802-5 5 p., 016802.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access