Min Gu’s new RMIT Labs officially opened


Following CUDOS Chief Investigator and On-chip Nanoplasmonics Science Leader Professor Min Gu’s transfer to RMIT in 2016, three new optics and laser laboratories were constructed to form the new Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence Nanophotonics (LAIN). The laboratories, which support CUDOS’ On-chip Nanoplasmonics project and topological photonics activities, are now fully commissioned.

LAIN Lab opening

Professor Peter Coloe, Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean, Professor Andrew Holmes, Consul-General Jian Zhao, Frank McGuire MP, Distinguished Professor Min Gu and Professor Calum Drummond at the official opening of LAIN (credit: RMIT)

The LAIN was officially opened by Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, and Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University.

Martin said the laboratory had been developed to support its Director, Distinguished Professor Min Gu, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship, who joined RMIT last year.

“Min is an exceptional researcher, with many publications and honours to his name – Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and ARC Laureate Fellow, among others.

“He was also recently awarded the 2016 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation for his outstanding contributions to significant nanophotonic discovery and innovation.”

The laboratory is being equipped with world-class laser facilities and aims to become the world-first photonics group in artificial intelligence-driven optical devices at nanoscale.
The On-chip Nanoplasmonics flagship project, led by Science Leader Min Gu and Project Leader Ben Cumming, is a particular focus of the CUDOS group in the LAIN, and has the vision to investigate and develop two- and three-dimensional nanoplasmonic structures for application to compact and sensitive on-chip photonics.
The project aims to gain knowledge and understanding of key plasmonic phenomena such as the quantum and chiral properties of plasmonic nanostructures, aims to investigate and demonstrate plasmonics enhanced functionality including on-chip nonlinear photon generation, manipulation and detection, and aims to develop plasmonic circuitry for applications such as sensing via the combination of compact nanoplasmonic elements alongside low-loss photonic components