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Dan Walls Centre for Pure and Applied Optics

The Dan Walls Centre for Pure and Applied Optics serves The University of Auckland, its partners and its stakeholders through innovative fundamental and applied research over a broad range of optics-related topics.

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Professor Dan Walls (1942-1999)

The research efforts of the centre are currently organised around the three themes of Quantum Optics, led by Howard Carmichael who holds the Dan Walls Chair in Theoretical Physics, Applied Optics led by John Harvey, and Biophotonics led by Cather Simpson.

The centre honours the late Professor Dan Walls for the pioneering quantum optics research and long-reaching vision that earned him abundant international acclaim.

Our staff


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Director, Associate Professor Neil Broderick (Department of Physics)

Neil Broderick is the current director of the Dan Walls Centre. He is an expert on the nonlinear propagation of light in optical fibres and periodic media. Neil has been working on Photonic Crystal Fibres since they were first invented and has been involved in both developing new methods for analysing their properties and in novel fabrication methods for making them.

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Associate Director, Dr Cather Simpson (Departments of Chemistry and Physics)

Cather Simpson is a founding co-director of the Dan Walls Centre, and the leader of the Biophotonics theme. She is also the Director of The Photon Factory, a multiuser pulsed laser facility with many different types of ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy stations and micro-to-nanofabrication capabilities.

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Associate Director, Professor John Harvey (Department of Physics)

John Harvey is the founding director of the Dan Walls Centre, and is leader of the Applied Optics Theme. He is also the founder and Chief Technical Officer for Southern Photonics, Ltd., an Auckland-based photonics company.

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Associate Director, Professor Howard Carmichael (Department of Physics)

Howard Carmichael is a founding co-director of the Dan Walls Centre, and is the leader of the Quantum Optics Research theme.

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