Dan Walls Centre

We serve the University, its partners and stakeholders through innovative fundamental and applied research over a broad range of optics-related topics.


The Dan Walls Centre for Pure and Applied Optics honours the late Professor Dan Walls for the pioneering quantum optics research and long-reaching vision that earned him abundant international acclaim.

Our research efforts focus around the three themes of Quantum Optics, led by Howard Carmichael who holds the Dan Walls Chair in Theoretical Physics, Applied Optics led by John Harvey, and Biophotonics led by Cather Simpson.

Our staff

Associate Professor Neil Broderick (Department of Physics)

Associate Directors
Professor Howard Carmichael (Department of Physics)
Professor John Harvey (Department of Physics)
Dr Cather Simpson (Departments of Chemistry and Physics)