Benjamin John Eggleton FAA, FTSE, FOSA, FIEEE (born 6 November 1970)[1] is the Director of The University of Sydney Nano Institute. He also currently serves as Co-Director of the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN).[2]

Benjamin J. Eggleton
Born (1970-11-06) 6 November 1970 (age 49)
Sydney, Australia
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Scientific career

Education and careerEdit

Eggleton obtained the bachelor's degree (with honours) in Science in 1992 and PhD degree in Physics from the University of Sydney in 1996. In 1996, he joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Postdoctoral Member of Staff in the Optical Physics Department under the supervision of Dr Richart E. Slusher. In 1998 he transferred to the Optical Fiber Research Department as a Member of Technical Staff and was promoted to Technical Manager of the Fiber Gratings Group in 2000. He was then promoted to Research Director within the Specialty Fiber Business Division of Bell Laboratories, where he was engaged in forward-looking research supporting Lucent Technologies business in optical fiber devices.[3]

Eggleton was the founding Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney and served as Director from 2009 to 2018. He was previously an ARC Laureate Fellow and an ARC Federation Fellow twice and was founding Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) from 2003 to 2017.


Eggleton's research links fundamental to applied science and spans physics and engineering. He has made pioneering contributions to nonlinear optics and all-optical signal processing with recent breakthrough achievements in the nonlinear optics of periodic media, slow-light in photonic crystals and ultrafast planar waveguide nonlinear optics.[4] His research into new classes of nonlinear waveguides has created a new paradigm for photonic chip based ultrafast optical signal processing and his group holds various world records.[5]

Eggleton's breakthroughs in the nonlinear optics of chalcogenide glasses have led to his demonstrations of new ultrafast optical devices for telecommunications applications, record low-threshold supercontinuum generation sources and on-chip parametric sources. His group reported the first demonstration of on-chip stimulated Brillouin scattering,[6] and holds the record for on-chip SBS gain. His fundamental breakthroughs include the first demonstrations of gap soliton formation in periodic media and of slow-light-enhanced nonlinear optics in photonic crystals.[7][8][9]


Eggleton is the author and coauthor of more than 480 journal publications, including articles in Nature Photonics, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters and Optica and over 200 invited presentations. His journal papers have been cited 19,000 times according to Web of Science with an h-number of 66 (87 in google scholar) and has filed over 35 patents.[10]

Awards and honoursEdit

He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA),[11] IEEE Photonics,[12] the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE),[13] and the Australian Academy of Science (AAS).[14]

Eggleton has received numerous awards for his contributions, including, the 2011 Walter Boas Medal from the Australian Institute of Physics,[4][15] the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science,[16] the 2008 NSW Physicist of the Year medal,[17] the 2007 Pawsey Medal from the Australian Academy of Science,[18] the 2004 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year,[19] the 2003 International Commission on Optics (ICO) Prize,[20] the 1998 Adolph Lomb Medal from OSA,[21] the Distinguished Lecturer Award from the IEEE/LEOS,[22] and the R&D100 Award.[23]

Eggleton was recipient of the University of Sydney Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Research. He was President of the Australian Optical Society from 2008 to 2010 and was Editor-in-Chief for Optics Communications from 2007 to 2015. He served on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Photonics Society from 2015 to 2017 and is the Editor-in-Chief for APL Photonics.


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae: Benjamin John Eggleton". University of Sydney. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  2. ^ Bindi, Tas (2 February 2017). "NSW government launches Smart Sensing Network". ZDNet. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Professor Benjamin Eggleton". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b Katynna Gill (3 February 2012). "Professor Ben Eggleton wins Walter Boas Medal". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Nanoscale Photonic Circuits". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ Pant, Ravi; Poulton, Christopher G.; Choi, Duk-Yong; Mcfarlane, Hannah; Hile, Samuel; Li, Enbang; Thevenaz, Luc; Luther-Davies, Barry; Madden, Stephen J. (25 April 2011). "On-chip stimulated Brillouin scattering". Optics Express. 19 (9): 8285–8290. doi:10.1364/OE.19.008285. ISSN 1094-4087.
  7. ^ Eggleton, Benjamin J. (1996). "Bragg Grating Solitons". Physical Review Letters. 76 (10): 1627–1630. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.76.1627.
  8. ^ Eggleton, Benjamin J.; Sterke, C. Martijn de; Slusher, R. E. (1 November 1997). "Nonlinear pulse propagation in Bragg gratings". JOSA B. 14 (11): 2980–2993. doi:10.1364/JOSAB.14.002980. ISSN 1520-8540.
  9. ^ "Ben Eggleton, optical physicist". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Benjamin J. Eggleton – Google Scholar Citations". Google Scholar. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  11. ^ "2003 OSA Fellows". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Introducing the Class of 2010 – IEEE – The Institute". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Prof Ben Eggleton elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Professor Benjamin John Eggleton". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Walter Boas Medal". Australian Institute of Physics. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  16. ^ Darren Osborne (6 September 2011). "Light speed research nets Eureka prize". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Honour Roll – NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  18. ^ "2007 awardees". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  19. ^ "2004 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  20. ^ "ICO Prize". International Commission for Optics. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Adolph Lomb Medal". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Award Winners". IEEE Photonics Society. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  23. ^ "2004 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year". 7 September 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2017.

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