Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC)

Our team uses the science of light to create new technologies that are more energy efficient, faster, and more compact to solve challenges across the biomedical, data communications and defence industries.

Photonics - and particularly integrated photonics - encompasses both fundamental physics and the latest technological advancements. It is both theoretical and practical; and is key to bridging the gap between researchers and industry in Australia. 

The Integrated Photonics and Applications is a team working to bridge the gap between fundamental physics and industry in Australia.

Listen to our InPAC Centre Director Arnan Mitchell talk about how photonics powers our internet:

How does the internet work? Photonics explained in under 2 minutes

Integrated photonics will create new capabilities for photonics, driving the possibilities of what is not currently available with current technologies:

  • Rather than taking days in the lab, viruses can be detected faster and more accurately on site at a doctor’s clinic or in a patient’s home, all directly at the point of care 
  • Faster and more precise sensing will make self-driving cars safer, autonomous space-borne objects (like satellites) more controllable, and defence systems more accurate 
  • Complex and isolated systems can be turned into tiny chips that provide blazing fast internet speeds 

What would have normally taken up an entire laboratory’s bench of equipment, can now be combined on one tiny chip the size of your fingernail.

We work with industry and end-users to design, prototype and scale-up photonic chips to make new products that can be printed precisely and cost-effectively.

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Key research areas

Working with us

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Our Centre is based at RMIT and works with industry and end-users to design, prototype and scale-up photonic chips to make new products. A special focus is set on energy efficiency, compact, light-weight and robust (mechanical and electro-magnetic) solutions.

Our team is made up of academics who are well-connected to photonics industries and manufacturers. We see ourselves as the translators between fundamental physicists and industry, to help bridge the gap of the ‘valley of death’ in translating research into a usable product. And we’re proven to do that in two years.

We are constantly monitoring emerging global trends to ensure that the chips are compatible with evolving scale up mass manufacture. This means whatever the end-product, it can be rapidly translated into the global industrial context. 

No matter the standards and serialised interfaces you use, we can work with you to prototype a product that you can ‘plug straight in’ to your existing systems. This has two benefits for you; firstly, you will immediately derive value from your prototype because it is made to fit, and secondly, you will be able to obtain critical feedback for the next iteration. 

We work with high quality businesses and end-users to achieve global impact. We have a vision of one day establishing a manufacturing base for these chips here in Australia. 


Get in touch


Please get in touch with our Director, Arnan Mitchell, if you would like to work with us.

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