Martin O'Connor

Associate Professor Martin O'Connor

University Senior Research Fellow

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Associate Professor Martin O'Connor is the Defefnce Technologies Theme Leader at the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS). He has 25 years R&D experience in lasers, optics and nonlinear optics across academic, government and industry settings. At the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Martin designed and developed solid-state lasers for laser radar and active imaging applications. He was awarded the George Murray Research Fellowship (University of Adelaide) and spent 6 years at the Optoelectronic Research Centre (Southampton, UK) where his interests combined the power scaling of ultrashort fibre laser amplifiers and the broad-tunability of quasi-phase matched nonlinear processes. Martin’s most recent experience was 11 years at BAE Systems Australia as Team Leader of the Electro-optic Engineering group. In this role, he provided technical and team leadership for the design, prototyping and manufacture of laser and optical systems that were deployed on naval and air platforms as well as thermal imaging systems for naval and land customers. Currently, Martin is coordinating the commercialisation of technology at the University of Adelaide such as the Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillator as well as building research activities in fibre sensing, beam delivery and infrared laser sources.

Research Interests:
  • Ultra-stable microwave and optical frequency references
  • RF photonics links
  • Optical frequency conversion
  • Intelligent laser sources
  • Infrared lasers and imaging sensors
  • Advanced optical design
Research Grants Awarded:
  • D.C. Hanna, D.P Shepherd, M.V. O’Connor, “Intelligent Light Sources”, EPSRC GR/S47359/01, £200k
  • D.P. Shepherd, D.J. Richardson, M.V. O’Connor, “Adaptive Control of High-Power Femtosecond Pulse Propagation in Optical Fibres”, EPSRC EP/C002199/1, £295k
  • D.P. Shepherd, J.G. Frey, D.C. Hanna, M.V. O’Connor, “Intelligent Mid-Infrared Light Sources: Towards Coherent Control of Molecular Vibrational Motion”, EPSRC GR/T25590/01 , £55k
  • D.P. Shepherd, J.G. Frey, D.C. Hanna, D.J. Richardson, M.V. O’Connor “An Intelligent Mid-Infrared Femtosecond Pulse Generator”, EPSRC Instrument Fund EP/C009479/1, £612k
  • Position: University Senior Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83139238
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 4380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs, floor 1
  • Room: 1 82
  • Org Unit: Physics

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