Miftar Ganija

Professor Miftar Ganija

Professor

School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Miftar Ganija holds a professor appointment at The University of Adelaide, in the School of Physical Sciences and School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME) at The University of Adelaide.

Miftar Ganija is the founder and Lead Scientist of DualTech - USPL at the University of Adelaide and Program Leader of the Centre for Advanced Defence Research - Ultrashort and Short Pulsed Lasers (CADR-USPL). The CADR-USPL program is a joint initiative by the Department of Defence (DST Group) and The University of Adelaide.
Miftar Ganija is Theme Leader in Hypersonic & Counter-measures in the Defence Trailblazer. The Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability is a $250 million enterprise powered by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Adelaide (UoA), with funding from the Australian Government through the Trailblazer Universities Program, as well as university and industry partners.
The applications for ultra-short pulsed lasers is expanding rapidly and requires new technology to be on the forefront of engineering and scientific innovation.

Miftar’s research includes the development of USPL laser sources, beam propagation and transitioning lasers to industry, medical and defence. Current research includes the development of high-power Q-switched near infrared cryogenic lasers and mode-locked laser sources for a variety of industrial, remote sensing and defence applications and blue lasers for medical applications.

DualTech-USPL Program

There is a shortage of ultra-short pulsed laser technology development and a workforce to support its development in Australia. Therefore, the DualTech-USPL scientific team are working on pathways to address these deficiencies through the dual-use laser approach. This involves creating a sovereign eco-system for industrial and science capability, thereby ensuring that we are in a position to address mid- and long-term critical technology needs for Australia.

Our program focuses on three major areas of R&D for:
• Source development
• Propagation and Effect generation
• Applications

Currently, DualTech-USPL program provides innovation in the source design, development and construction of USPL, bringing together a diverse range of skills ranging from mechanical, electronic and optical, in developing the future workforce, providing impact to sovereign manufacturing capability.
The program is developing those skillsets among our cross-disciplinary students by presenting them with a variety of open-group, flexible and hands-on projects and experimental activities. These projects are fantastic tactile opportunities for the diverse background of our students, by combining a variety of interesting, practical challenges from mechanical design of experimental components to electronic control, all the way through to the complicated optics problems that are crucial to building a laser system and understanding the unknown of science and enabling and manufacturing.

Our Team

The DualTech-USPL Group is seeking highly motivated students to work on cutting edge physics and engineering projects. Ultra-short and Short pulsed lasers are driving substantial innovation in medicine, defence, remote sensing, academic research, machining and spectroscopy. The team has international recognition for laser sources developed at two micron and are pushing new breakthroughs for energy in pulsed lasers.

We have a variety of Honours and HDR (M.Phil and PhD) scholarships available.

His current interests include:

  •  Laser development 
  • Cryogenically cooled solid state lasers
  • High power solid state lasers
  • Interferometry
  • Pulsed laser
  • Mode-locked laser 
  • Frequency doubling
  • Mid-Infrared Lasers
  • Blue lasers 

 

DualTech-USPL

 

    • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

      Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
      2024 Principal Supervisor Research and Development in Ultra-Short Pulsed Laser (USPL) machining systems in the 2–5-micron region for the investigation of fundamental laser/material interactions for industrial and medical applications. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Sitivi Napier Sooaemalelagi
      2024 Principal Supervisor Compression of the pulse laser Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jack Samuel Wigley
      2023 Principal Supervisor Experimental and theoretical investigation of energy and repetition rate scaling of Ultrashort pulsed lasers for Near and Mid infrared applications Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Michael James Murray
      2023 Principal Supervisor Ultrashort and Short Pulsed Lasers Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Joshua Gabriel Cudmore
      2022 Principal Supervisor Ultrashort Pulse Lasers Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Henry Duncan Rogers
      2022 Principal Supervisor Ultrashort Pulse Lasers Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Andrew Phillip Matulick
      2021 Co-Supervisor Real-Time Optically Stimulated Luminescence Fibre-Coupled Dosimetry with Beryllium Oxide Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Erin Jennifer Lukas
    • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

      Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
      2020 - 2023 Co-Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Optimisation of a SESAM Mode-locked Holmium Fibre Laser Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Alexandros Kolovinos
      2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Operating Regimes and Automated Control of Holmium and Thulium Non-linear Polarisation Rotation Mode-locked Fibre Optic Lasers Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr David Michael McAfee
      2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Investigation of Narrowband Acousto-Optic Tunable Filters for Semiconductor Laser Tuning Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Adam James Gambell
    • Position: Professor
    • Phone: 83135037
    • Email: miftar.ganija@adelaide.edu.au
    • Campus: North Terrace
    • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor Level Three
    • Room: 3.36
    • Org Unit: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

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