Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics for ground-to-space optical communications

The ANU Ground Station is expected to be installed at Mount Stromlo Observatory in early 2021, becoming one of the nodes in the Australasian optical communications network. The ANU node will be used as a testing platform for the most innovative research projects in the field of optical and quantum communications with satellites. One of these projects is COALA, a Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics system for ground-to-space optical communications.

Optical and quantum communications are a line-of-sight technology which consists of sending a modulated laser beam from point to point. Adaptive Optics systems are essential to overcome the undesired effects of the atmospheric turbulence on the laser links when the communications occur from the ground to the satellite. This project can accommodate short- and long-term research activities, in which the students will gain valuable experience in an industry-like but research-driven environment at the RSAA Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre.


Undergraduate and postgraduate students are encouraged to contact the project team and inquire about current and potential research projects. Prior experience in at least two of the following disciplines is required: physics, optics/optical engineering, system engineering, space engineering, instrumentation, optical communications, laser systems, control systems, computer science.

Primary Supervisor: Dr Noelia Martinez Rey