CUDOS PhD student awarded University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Prize


CUDOS PhD candidate Moritz Merklein has been awarded the University of Sydney's Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement, based on his exceptional manuscript 'Enhancing and inhibiting stimulated Brillouin scattering in photonic integrated circuits', published in Nature Communications.

Moritz Merklein

Moritz Merklein in the nanophotonics lab at the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST)

The highly competitive Postgraduate Research Prize is awarded on the recommendation of the Head of School of Physics and the Faculty of Science to recognise outstanding postgraduate student achievements, particular during the early phases of their candidature. Moritz Merklein was nominated for his significant contribution to the 2015 Nature Communications paper “Enhancing and inhibiting stimulated Brillouin scattering in photonic integrated circuits”, where he demonstrated a method to selectively enhance or inhibit optical nonlinearities in a chip-scale device (read the media release here).

Merklein has also been included on the University of Sydney Prizes and Honour Roll for his outstanding achievements at the University of Sydney.

“Our vision at the University of Sydney is to educate and inspire leaders who will drive positive change for the benefit of Australia and the wider world. We honour those students who have excelled,” said University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

Moritz Merklein completed his Physics Diplom from the University of Konstanz in Germany in 2012 where he investigated ultra-high frequency acoustic modes in nanostructures. In 2014, he commenced his PhD candidature on stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in photonic integrated circuits and made significant contributions to this new field: Building on the work of enhancing stimulated Brillouin scattering, he was involved in demonstrating phase locked Brillouin frequency combs, published in Optica. Moreover, he published a paper in Optics Letters on using SBS for an opto-electronic oscillator demonstrating high tunability and very low phase noise. His recent work involves light storage using phonons on chip.