CUDOS postgraduates win Best Oral Presentation Prizes at KOALA-IONS


Moritz Merklein and Kai Wang received Best Oral Presentation Prizes at KOALA-IONS 2016. ©OSA

ANU postgraduate student Kai Wang has won the Best Oral Presentation Prize at KOALA-IONS 2016 in Melbourne.

For his talk on "Polarization measurement with all-dielectric metasurfaces: From classical to quantum light", PhD student Kai Wang received the Best Oral Presentation Prize. He presented an overview of fundamental theoretical concepts followed by his cutting-edge experimental results: demonstrating optical polarization measurements with ultra-thin nano-structured metasurfaces, which can facilitate important advances in classical and quantum photonics.

CUDOS postgraduates have a long and successful track record in this competition with Sydney University’s Moritz Merklein’s talk on “Harnessing coherent on-chip light-sound interactions for microwave generation and data storage” awarded third place this year.

KOALA-IONS (Conference on Optics, Atoms and Laser Applications) is Australia’s and New Zealand’s only student conference in the fields of optics and photonics. The annual conference brings together over 100 highly qualified students to discuss their research and to network. This year, KOALA-IONS was held in Melbourne, co-hosted by the Monash University OSA Student Chapter and the Swinburne University of Technology joint OSA/SPIE Student Chapter.