About us

The Australian National University’s (ANU) Research School of Physics & Engineering in Canberra, Australia has been developing novel high brightness broadband sources for the mid-infrared (MIR) and are world leaders in this area. In support of research funded by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence, CUDOS, we developed the MIROPA-fs system as a simple, compact and stable source of femtosecond optical pulses for the tuneable 3.3-4.3µm band.


Because it is so simple, the MIROPA-fs can be engineered as a reliable turnkey source of MIR light. Additionally, there is a straightforward path to a broad product family based on the MIROPA-fs design that can allow it to access a wide range of applications as well as price sensitive markets in the longer term. Exposure of our scientific results to the international research community has led to significant interest in MIROPA and has motivated us to commercialise the product.

The development and commercial team

Emeritus Professor Barry Luther-Davies joined ANU in 1974. He holds a BSc and PhD from the University of Southamptop in laser physics and nonlinear optics. He headed the Laser Physics Centre at ANU for 25 years, was Research Director in the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre and a member of the Board of Australian Photonics Pty Ltd that established nine photonics start-up companies and is currently a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence, CUDOS. He has published >500 papers that have attracted >10,000 citations.


Associate Professor Stephen Madden is a Fellow with the Laser Physics Centre at ANU and leads research within CUDOS, a research consortium between seven Australian universities, into photonics devices. He has published >200 papers with >2500 citations. He holds a BSc and PhD degrees from Imperial College in London before joining Telstra Research Laboratories in 1991. In 1997, he became Director of Research at ADC Telecommunications before leaving to become VP engineering in Sparkolor Corporation in Santa Clara in 2001. A. Prof Madden has experience in commercialising novel photonic products having spent most of his career in industry.