Peter Veitch

Professor Peter Veitch

Head of Department - Physics

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Professor Peter Veitch is Head of Department of Physics, a member of the Optics and Photonics research group and the Leader of the University of Adelaide node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).. He was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America “for development of techniques essential to the successful high optical-power operation of gravitational wave detectors and contributions to Advanced LIGO”.

His current research interests includes the development of advanced wavefront sensors and adaptive optics for Advanced LIGO in collaboration with the LIGO Laboratory, and of advanced high-power lasers and sensors for the next generation of gravitational wave detectors; the development of short-duration high-energy pulsed mid-infrared lasers for industrial, remote sensing and defence applications; and the development of laser systems for methane sensing from airborne platforms.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Airborne Detection of Methane Using Lidar Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sarah Martha Watzdorf
    2018 Principal Supervisor Pulsed Fibre Lasers Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr David Michael McAfee
    2018 Co-Supervisor Improving high frequency CW searches for gravitational waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Deeksha Beniwal
    2017 Co-Supervisor Gravitational Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alexei Ciobanu
    2017 Principal Supervisor Measurement of absorption of lasers around 2 um in ultra low OH silica Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Craig Ingram
    2016 Co-Supervisor Laser Development for Methane Detection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joshua Steven Pease
    2016 Principal Supervisor Wavefront control for advanced gravitational wave detectors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Huy Tuong Cao
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Mid-Infrared Fibre Lasers for use in Wavefront Correction in Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Deeksha Beniwal
    2015 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Investigation of cryogenic Er:YAG lasers for Gravitational Wave Interferometry Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Sophie Elizabeth Hollitt
    2013 - 2018 Principal Supervisor An Er:YAG Laser for Airborne Methane Detection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Myles Ray Clark
    2012 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Development of an Er:YAG Laser for Range-finding Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lachlan Mitchell Harris
    2007 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Microstructured Tellurite Glass Fibre Laser Development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael Oermann
    2005 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Novel methods for the quantification of atmospheric turbulence strength in the atmospheric surface layer. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Raymond James Oermann
    2005 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Eye-safe Er:YAG Lasers for Coherent Remote Sensing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nick Weihan Chang
    2004 - 2010 Co-Supervisor 1064 nm Injection Mode-Locked Nd:YAG Laser Optimized for Guide Star Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Rutten
    2003 - 2008 Principal Supervisor A Study Of Transition Metal Acetylides for Broadband Optical Limiters Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Yvonne Jansen van Galen
    2002 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Development and Testing of an Er:Yb:Glass Coherent Laser Radar for Wind Field Mapping Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew Heintze
    2001 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Hartmann Wavefront Sensors for Advanced Gravitational Wave Interferometers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Aidan Brooks
    2001 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Deployable Stable Lasers for Gravitational Wave Interferometers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr David Hosken
    1997 - 2007 Principal Supervisor An instrument for the Measurement of the Spectrum of Thermoelastic Noise in Sapphire Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christopher Hollitt
  • Position: Head of Department - Physics
  • Phone: 83135040
  • Email: peter.veitch@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Physics, floor G
  • Room: G 23
  • Org Unit: Physics

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