Creating the technology for the optical revolution!
Transformative Meta‑Optical Systems
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Our Centre of Excellence

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems will develop the next-generation of miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today.

By harnessing the disruptive concept of meta-optics, the Centre will overcome complex challenges in light generation, manipulation and detection at the nanoscale. The Centre brings together a trans-disciplinary team of world-leaders in science, technology and engineering to deliver scientific innovations in optical systems for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The research outcomes will underpin future technologies, including real-time holographic displays, artificial vision for autonomous systems to see the invisible, and ultra-fast light-based WiFi.

Meta-Optics and Industry 4.0

The optics industry is doubling every 10 years. The next industrial revolution has only just begun.

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to each other. The Fourth Industrial Revolution – “Industry 4.0” – will merge the physical, digital and biological worlds using devices that sense and interact with humans, other machines and our environments in new ways and which can make informed, rapid decisions autonomously. The Australian Government expects Industry 4.0 to significantly boost national economic competitiveness by enabling "businesses to grow, explore new models and embrace technologies." This major technological revolution demands radical new uses of light, and that requires a revolution in optics.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems brings together five Australian and 13 leading international universities as well as Australian and global companies to create entirely new optics-based technologies with enormous market potential. The combined expertise of 77 researchers, more than 70 postgraduate research students and industry will put Australia at the international forefront of a field that will transform industry and human well-being. This Centre's outcomes will underpin applications in Industry 4.0 as diverse as ultra-fast connectivity in the Internet of Things (IoT) using light-based WiFi (LiFi), the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles such as cars and drones, augmented reality (holographic) displays that can be used in daily work and sensors that can 'see the invisible'. These technologies will transform economic activity, safety and security, health and well-being, leisure and productivity. TMOS research has the potential to be as pivotal in this Fourth Industrial Revolution as Bell Lab’s invention of the transistor was for the advent of the Third Industrial Revolution, mass production was for the Second Industrial Revolution and steam power for the First Industrial Revolution.


To discover, develop and translate meta-optical systems


Generation of photons


Manipulation of photons


Detection and imaging

Chief Investigators

Our multidisciplinary team of experts

Dragomir Neshev, ANU

TMOS Director

Ken Crozier, UoM

TMOS Deputy Director

Ann Roberts, UoM


C Jagadish, ANU


Madhu Bhaskaran, RMIT


Igor Aharonovich, UTS


Lan Fu, ANU

Device Engineering

Laurie Faraone, UWA

Devicce Engineering

Ilya Shadrivov, ANU


Andrey Sukhorukov, ANU


Hoe Tan, ANU


Francesca Iacopi, UTS


Mariusz Martyniuk, UWA

Device Engineering

Milos Toth, UTS


Our partner investigators:

  • Harry Atwater (Caltech, USA)
  • Andrei Faraon (Caltech, USA)
  • Teri Odom (Northwestern, USA)
  • Isabelle Staude (FSU, Germany)
  • Andrew Wee (NUS, Singapore)
  • Cheng-Wei Qui (NUS, Singapore)
  • Willie Padilla (Duke, USA)
  • Demetrios Christodoulides (UCF, USA)
  • Sanjay Krishna (OSU, USA)
  • Hannah Joyce (Cambridge, UK)
  • Michael Johnston (Oxford, UK)
  • Laura Herz (Oxford, UK)
  • Andrea Alu (CUNY, USA)
  • Cun-Zheng Ning (Tsinghua Univ, China)
  • Shaya Fainman (UCSD, USA)
  • Jin Liu (SYSU, China)
  • Norbert Herschbach (IEE, Luxembourg)
  • Marcus Straw (Thermo Fisher, USA)

TMOS would also like to acknowledge our partner organisations; California Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, Northwestern University, National University of Singapore, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Duke University, University of Oxford, The Ohio State University, University of Central Florida, Tsinghua University, University of California, City University of New York, Sun Yat-sen University, SEEING MACHINES LIMITED, IEE S.A., Thermo Fisher Scientific, HORT-EYE PTY LTD, Australian National Fabrication Facility Limited, Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication & QUESTACON

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The Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems is funded by the Australian Research Council