Specific capabilities: laser machining; photolithography; lithium niobate
device fabrication; and optical fibre fabrication.
The Macquarie/ATP node offers specialist services in the micro processing of
both planar and bulk optical materials, such as, silica, silicon, lithium
niobate and polymers to provide a range of complementary microphotonic
technology platforms for applications including telecoms, biotechnology,
biomedicine, microelectronics, optical sensing, industrial processing, defence
The node is headquartered at Macquarie University and
incorporates the Bandwidth Foundry International, the University of Sydney and
the University of Adelaide.
Included in the services offered is a 'start to finish' service in planar
lightwave circuit fabrication via the initial creation of a lithographic mask
(Bandwidth Foundry), production of an integrated optoelectronic chip (Macquarie)
and excellent signal throughput via efficient coupling to purpose-designed mode
matched fibres (Adelaide).
Macquarie University - Laser Micromachining Solutions
cover the ultra-violet, visible and infra-red wavelengths and are suitable for
processing the majority of metals, ceramics, polymers, glasses and crystalline
materials. Feature sizes as small as 10 microns in metals and 1 micron in some
crystalline materials can be achieved.
Microstructured optical materials produced at the facility include: surface
gratings in lithium niobate, diffractive optics, silicon-based THz antennas,
amplitude masks for spectroscopy, Hartmann wavefront sensor plates and laser
machined end-facets for planar lightwave devices. NCRIS funding for this
facility will support a dedicated technical officer to support access to these
state-of-the-art microstructuring facilities.
Bandwidth Foundry International
BFI provides prototyping
facilities and services to developers of photonics integrated circuits. The
group specialises in photolithography foundry services including photomask
production and direct laser writing of optical materials.
Services offered under the NCRIS program include provision of external access
- a lithium niobate fabrication plant enabling the production of a range of
periodically-poled lithium niobate components for wavelength conversion.
- direct write photolithography using a Heidelberg Instruments DWL 200, a
proven quality manufacturing tool used worldwide for mask making and direct
writing. The facility produces structures with a resolution down to 0.8um in its
class 100 clean room.
University of Sydney: Speciality Fibre Fabrication