Prof. David Coutts

Room 2.714, 7 Wally’s Walk, Macquarie University
Phone: +61 2 9850 8970
david.coutts@mq.edu.au

  • Laser Development
  • Optical Fibres
  • Laser Applications
  • Astronomical Instrumentation

I am the Deputy Dean Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and currently Acting Executive Dean. My research interests include laser device development, nonlinear frequency conversion and applications of optics and lasers. Laser systems developed include high beam quality pulsed metal vapour lasers (including frequency doubled systems), tunable cerium solid-state lasers, Ti: sapphire lasers, liquid and solid-dye lasers; applications include materials processing, laser micromachining, laser based high-speed imaging and biophotonics. Recent work focuses on developing all-solid state cerium UV lasers including nanosecond, ultrafast and continuous wave systems, and their applications to biophotonics sensing; and plasmonics.

  • Laser Development
  • Optical Fibres
  • Laser Applications
  • Astronomical Instrumentation

Recent publications:

  1. 3D-M3: high-spatial-resolution spectroscopy with extreme AO and 3D-printed micro-lenslets. Anagnos, T., Trappen, M., Tiong, B. C. K., Feger, T., Yerolatsitis, S., Harris, R. J., Lozi, J., Jovanovic, N., Birks, T. A., Vievard, S., Guyon, O., Gris-Sánchez, I., Leon-Saval, S. G., Norris, B., Haffert, S. Y., Hottinger, P., Blaicher, M., Xu, Y., Betters, C. H., Koos, C. & 3 others, , 1 Jul 2021, In: Applied Optics. 60, 19, p. D108-D121
  2. Generation of sub-100 fs ultraviolet pulses from a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ce:LiCAF laser. Sharp, A., Kitzler, O., Fuerbach, A., Spence, D. J. & Coutts, D. W., 20 Sep 2021, In: Applied Optics. 60, 27, p. 8316-8320  
  3. On-sky demonstration of precision photometry with Bayer color filter arrays. Gee, W., Guyon, O., Jovanovic, N., Schwab, C., Coutts, D., Walawender, J. & Mukherjea, A., 8 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems. 7, 4, p. 048001-1-048001-17 17 p., 048001.
  4. A high-resolution echelle spectrograph for precision Doppler observations with small telescopes. Pember, J., Schwab, C., Kuo Tiong, B. C., Fallscheer, C., Worters, H., Coutts, D. & McDermid, R., 2020, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII. Evans, C. J., Bryant, J. J. & Motohara, K. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, 13 p. 114473O. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 11447). 
  5. An innovative integral field unit upgrade with 3D-printed micro-lenses for the RHEA at Subaru. Anagnos, T., Maier, P., Hottinger, P., Betters, C. H., Feger, T., Leon-Saval, S. G., Gris-Sanchez, I., Yerolatsitis, S., Lozi, J., Birks, T. A., Vievard, S., Jovanovic, N., Rains, A. D., Ireland, M. J., Harris, R. J., Kuo Tiong, B. C., Guyon, O., Norris, B., Haffert, S. Y., Blaicher, M. & 9 others, , 13 Dec 2020, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation IV. Navarro, R. & Geyl, R. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, p. 1-10 10 p. 114516Y. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 11451).