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Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop


Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop is Director of the Quantum Science Laboratory at the University of Queensland. She is also a program manager of one of the scientific programs of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. She was Head of School from 2006-2013 and had previously served as Head of Physics.

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop obtained her PhD degree from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. She also holds a Docent Degree from the same University. Halina moved to The University of Queensland in 1989 where she established a large research team actively involved in several areas of laser science. Her research interests are in laser physics, laser micromanipulation, atom optics, quantum science, linear and nonlinear high resolution laser spectroscopy, and nano-optics. She is well known as one of the originators of laser enhanced ionization spectroscopy, and for her work in laser micromanipulation and atom optics.

She has over 200 publications in international peer refereed journals as well as books and other media. She delivers frequent lectures to scientific organizations and societies worldwide. She is regularly interviewed by the mainstream media and has made many television and radio appearances.

She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Japan, a member of the Editorial Boards of IOP Journal of Optics, Journal of Biophotonics, and a Member of the Advisory Board of Laser Beckmann Institute. She was the AIP 2003 Women in Physics Lecturer. She is a Fellow of SPIE and OSA.

ResearcherID: C-6762-2009

UQ optical trapping group

UQ atom optics group

Located in Building 6 - Room 321
Phone: 53139
Research Interests Atom optics, Quantum Atom Optics and Single Atom Detection with Micro-Bose-Einstein Condensates; Optical Phase Singularities and Optical Angular Momentum; Nano-optics; Laser spectroscopy; Biophotonics; Laser micromanipulation (laser tweezers)

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Microrheology of eye fluids

The ability to exert and measure forces and torques on microscopic objects offers the possibility to measure the rheological properties of tiny samples of fluids. One application with the potential to bring great social benefit is the measurement of the characteristics of natural eye fluids and...

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Microrheology with Brownian Motion

Measurement of the Brownian motion of particles moving freely or held in an optical trap can provide information on the viscoelastic properties of the surrounding medium on a microscopic scale. This project aims to use both conventional Brownian motion and also the random rotational motion of...

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Computational modelling of in vivo optical imaging in epithelial tissue

In vivo optical imaging of biological tissue can provide valuable diagnostic information such as the detection of physiological or morphological changes over time. However biological tissue is a strongly scattering medium which limits the depth to which imaging is possible and reduces contrast...

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Optical deformation of soft particles

While optical tweezers are typically used to trap or move microscopic particles or measure piconewton forces they can also be used to measure the mechanical properties of soft particles that can be deformed by the optical forces acting on them. One example is the so-called optical stretcher but...

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Optical properties of nanomicro-structured materials

A composite structure made from scatterers embedded in a medium can have useful bulk optical properties. The case where the incident light exerts force or torque on the scatterers is of particular interest and will be investigated.
If the scatterers are arranged in a periodic lattice two-...

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superCARS: Super-resolved Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering Microscopy

Our project in SMP is to improve the resolution of widefield CARS microscopy by using structured illumination on the input laser beams. In structured illumination methods, used with...

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EQuS - Quantum Emulation with Neutral Atoms - Experiment


"And therefore, the problem is, how can we simulate the quantum mechanics?...We can give up on our rule about what the computer was, we can say: Let the computer itself be built of quantum mechanical elements which obey quantum mechanical laws. ...

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