Prof. Michael Steel

 

Room ??, 12 Wallys Walk, Macquarie Park
Phone number
michael.steel@mq.edu.au

  • Integrated photonics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Quantum optics
  • Periodic photonic devices
  • Laser-written photonic devices

I am a Professor in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.  My research is at the interface of quantum optics and integrated photonics, looking at the opportunities for quantum technologies to enhance capabilities and security in on-chip optical communications devices. A large part of my work involves the nonlinear interaction of light and Gigahertz frequency sound waves on photonic chips, a field known as opto-acoustics or opto-elastics, in both the classical and quantum domains. This platform is uniquely suitable for signal transduction between the optical and microwave/RF domains due to the perfect matching between the wavelengths of light and sound in this regime. I am strongly involved in the photonics community of Australia including as a Councillor and Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society (ANZOS).

  • Integrated photonics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Quantum optics
  • Periodic photonic devices
  • Laser-written photonic devices

Current ARC Discovery Projects:

  • DP200101893: Harnessing opto-acoustic interactions for on-chip optical isolation ($620k)
  • DP220100488: Pumping up the volume on sound-light interactions ($510k)

Recent publications:

  • Nieves, M. K. Schmidt, M. J. Steel, and C. G. Poulton, “Noise and pulse dynamics in backward stimulated Brillouin scattering,”
    Optics Express29, 3132–3146 (2021).
  • K. Schmidt, C. G. Poulton and M. J. Steel, “Acoustic diamond resonators with ultrasmall mode volumes,”
    Physical Review Research2, 033153:1–10 (2020)
  • J. Eggleton, C. G. Poulton, P. T. Rakich, M. J. Steel, and G. Bahl, “Brillouin integrated photonics,”
    Nature Photonics13, 664–677 (2019)
  • K. Schmidt, L. G. Helt, C. G. Poulton, and M. J. Steel, “Elastic Purcell effect,”
    Physical Review Letters121, 064301:1–4 (2018).
  • G. Helt, Agata M. Brańczyk, Marco Liscidini, and M. J. Steel, “Parasitic photon-pair suppression via photonic stop-band engineering,”
    Physical Review Letters118, 073603:1–5 (2017).

Full publication list available at: https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/persons/mike-steel