Australian and New Zealand
Optical Society    

The ANZOS holds an annual conference, ANZCOP. Previously the Society hosted three conferences (AOS Congress, ACOFT and ACOLS) and co-sponsors others. AOS News (Vol. 27, No.4) gives an overview of AOS conferences 1977-2012.

Upcoming events

    • 06 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC+11:00)

    The next Imaging and Optical Physics Seminar which will be held on-line via Zoom (see connection details below) from 2 pm on Tuesday, 6 October, 2020 (note the slightly different time compared to the previous seminars). The presenters  will be Dr Andrew Stevenson (Australian Synchrotron, ANSTO / CSIRO) and Dr Marie-Christine Zdora (University of Southampton / Diamond Synchrotron). You can find the information about the talks below.

    Here are the connection details that everyone will need to use for this webinar:

    Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

    Please click this URL to start or join. Or, go to and enter meeting ID: 943 5628 6055 and password: 50302443


    Webinar Agenda:


    Dr Andrew Stevenson (Australian Synchrotron - ANSTO / CSIRO)

    Title: Micro-Computed Tomography (MCT): A BRIGHT new beamline at ANSTO/Australian Synchrotron

    Abstract: Micro-Computed Tomography (MCT) has been announced as one of the first new beamlines to be constructed at the Australian Synchrotron as part of the BRIGHT program.  MCT will complement the existing X-ray imaging/tomography capability provided by the Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL), and will target applications requiring higher (sub-micron) spatial resolution and involving smaller samples.  MCT will be a bending-magnet beamline, operating in the 8 to 40 keV range, based on a double-multilayer monochromator.  This monochromator will be able to be removed from the X-ray beam path, enabling studies with a filtered white beam when required.  The photon-delivery system will also house a single-(vertical)bounce mirror, capable of suppressing harmonic contamination in low-energy monochromatic beams and providing the means to shape the spectrum of filtered white beams on the high-energy side.  MCT will benefit from X-ray phase-contrast modalities (such as propagation-based, grating-based and speckle) in addition to conventional absorption contrast, and be equipped with a robotic stage for rapid sample exchange.  A higher-resolution CT configuration based on the use of a Fresnel zone plate system will also be available.  A number of sample environmental stages, such as for high temperature and the application of loads, are planned in collaboration with certain groups in the user community.

    Anticipated application areas for non-destructive 3D sample characterization include biomedical/ health science, food, materials science, and palaeontology.  This presentation will detail the current design, planning and procurement effort being devoted to MCT.


    Dr Marie-Christine Zdora (University of Southampton / Diamond Synchrotron)

    Title: : X-ray speckle-based imaging: Principles and applications 

    Abstract: X-ray speckle-based imaging (SBI) is a recent multimodal technique capable of delivering attenuation, phase-contrast and dark-field signals of a sample. SBI is based on a very simple experimental setup that only requires an X-ray diffuser, such as a piece of sandpaper, as an additional optical element. Thanks to its simplicity, high phase sensitivity and quantitative character, SBI has received great interest in the X-ray imaging community. 

    In this talk, I will first explain the principles of SBI and give an overview of the various data acquisition and image reconstruction methods. I will then present our recent results on SBI phase tomography for 3D virtual histology, demonstrating the great potential of the technique in the biomedical field. I will finish with a short outline of the possibilities and first results of SBI implemented at laboratory X-ray sources, which is an important step towards the wider availability and use of the technique.

    • 06 Dec 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 10 Dec 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)

    ANZOS expects to participate again in the AIP Congress in 2021, being the 2020 Congress rescheduled due to the pandemic. The planned dates are 6th to 10th December in Adelaide. For details please see the AIP website.

Past events

25 Aug 2020 Imaging and Optical Physics Seminar - Zoom webinar at 3 pm on Tuesday, August 25th
02 Aug 2020 CLEO Pacific-Rim 2020
09 Jul 2020 Imaging and Optical Physics Webinar - July 9th
26 May 2020 Imaging and Optical Physics Webinar - May 26th
16 May 2020 International Day of Light 2020
02 Apr 2020 Imaging and Optical Physics seminar - Zoom webinar
11 Feb 2020 Imaging and Optical Physics seminar - Feb 2020
08 Dec 2019 ANZCOP 2019
02 Dec 2019 9th Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics
13 Aug 2019 Imaging and Optical Physics Seminar
18 Jul 2019 2019 Dirac Medal and Lecture with Prof. Lene Hau
07 Jul 2019 International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICAVS)
16 May 2019 Sydney OSA Local Section - International Day of Light Event
16 May 2019 International Day of Light
09 Apr 2019 Imaging and Optical Physics seminar
09 Dec 2018 Australian Institute of Physics Congress 2018
04 Dec 2018 IONS KOALA 2018
29 Jul 2018 CLEO Pacific Rim 2018
06 Mar 2018 Imaging and Optical Physics seminar
03 Dec 2017 Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics 2017 (ANZCOP 2017)
31 Oct 2017 Imaging and Optical Physics (IOP) Seminar
03 Oct 2017 Imaging and Optical Physics seminar at Monash University
29 Sep 2017 CUDOS Legacy Showcase
05 Sep 2017 Imaging and Optical Physics Seminar
01 Aug 2017 X-ray Optics Seminar at Monash University
30 Apr 2017 The International Conference on Biophotonics
24 Apr 2017 The 25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
12 Dec 2016 The 13th International Conference on Optoelectronics and Microelectronic Materials and Devices (COMMAD2016)
04 Dec 2016 13th Asia-Pacific Physics Conference in conjunction with the 22nd Australian Institute of Physics Congress
05 Sep 2016 OSA Congress: Photonics and Fiber Technology
11 Jul 2016 16th International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices (NUSOD)
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