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Associate Professor Esa Jaatinen

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Nanotechnology and Molecular Science

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Name
Associate Professor Esa Jaatinen
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Nanotechnology and Molecular Science
Discipline *
Optical Physics
Phone
+61 7 3138 4281
Fax
+61 7 3138 9079
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Australian National University), GradCert(TechManag) (Deakin University), HonsBSc(Physics) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 1991- present: Optical Society of America
  • 1991- present: Australian Optical Society
Keywords

lasers, nanoparticles, nonlinear optics, optical frequency reference, optical metrology, photorefractives, plasmons, quantum dots, refractometry, saturated absorption spectroscopy

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Research theme: Environment

Research discipline: Physics

Research program: Applied Optics

Research areas

Light propagation in photorefractive media

The interaction of light with photorefractive LiNbO3 and BaTiO3 is experimentally and theoretically investigated to enhance the understanding of soliton formation and information storage in self-defocusing media.

New light controlled optical devices for future optical communications and computing systems will be developed using this knowledge.

Laser frequency stabilisation and application

Stabilisation of the frequency of visible lasers by saturated absorption spectroscopy is explored with the aim of improving the accuracy of optical frequency references used for metrology.

These stable frequency sources are used to interferometrically measure concentrations of wanted and unwanted gases in the environment.

Optical characterisation of light emitting quantum structures

The optical properties of quantum dots and nanoparticles are experimentally and theoretically investigated to determine the key physical parameters that control their emission wavelengths.

Of special interest is the enhancement of local light fields on the particles by surface plasmon resonances.

Areas of expertise

  • lasers and laser safety
  • non-linear optics
  • optical metrology
  • laser-based environmental monitoring
  • photonics.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Esa Jaatinen.

Teaching

Teaching discipline: Physics

Teaching areas

  • solid state and statistical physics
  • condensed matter physics
  • spectroscopy
  • lasers and photonics
  • non-linear and quantum optics.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Esa Jaatinen.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
1989
Details
Awarded the University of Queensland medal for academic excellence
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2006
Details
The Sponsorship and Exhibition Coordinator on the organizing committee of the 17th National Australian Institute of Physics Congress held in Brisbane on the 3-8 of December 2006.
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
1999
Details
The Australian participant in an international collaboration between Australia, Japan and Germany to pursue the International Standard Development of Virtual CMM. The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) International Co-operation Program provided over $1000000 in funds for the project.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Development of a Portable Raman Sensor for Stand-off an Non-contact Detection of Unknown Chemical and Biological Hazards
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
PR08-0012
Start year
2009
Keywords
Remote Sensors; Non-invasive detection of hazards; Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy; Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy; Analytical Forensic Chemistry
Title
A New Nano-Sensor Technology for the Detection and Identification of Residual Vapours of Explosives, Drugs and Chemicals in the Air
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0882614
Start year
2008
Keywords
Nanofocusing; Surface Plasmons; Optical Sensors; Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering; Microfluidics; Nanoparticles

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