Imaging Physics

Researchers in this group explore the fundamentals of image formation and processing for studying the physical world from the atomic scale through to imaging the human body. Many projects are conducted at major research facilities overseas and locally at Monash University, including the Australian Synchrotron and the Titan 80-300 electron microscope.

Research projects available to students vary widely from theoretical studies of optical vortices and inverse problems to experimental realisation of new imaging modalities.

Clicking on a name will take you to the relevant academic's home page which contains more information about them, including their contact details.

imaging physics
Ultra-small angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) pattern from the thoriax of a mouse reveals micro-structure of the tissues at sub-pixel length scales.
Photo of Alexis Bishop Dr Alexis Bishop
  • Optical 2-D pressure sensors
  • Photoacoustic imaging through scattering media
  • Measurements using optical vortices
  • Neutral helium microscopy
Photo of Laura Clark Dr Laura Clark
  • Reshaping electron beams to enhance image contrast and information transfer in TEM.
  • Singular (electron) optics (vortex beams) and their propagation.
  • Using novel electron detector arrangements to improve electromagnetic field detection.
Photo of Matthew Dimmock Dr Matthew Dimmock
  • Modelling of X-ray and gamma-ray experiments from Synchrotron beam-lines to Compton cameras.
  • Image reconstruction and image processing
Photo of Scott Findlay Dr Scott Findlay
  • Developing new methods to determine the arrangement of atoms within materials using atom-sized electron beams
  • Making better use of diffraction pattern information via novel detector geometries
  • Imaging electromagnetic fields inside materials
Photo of Marcus Kitchen Dr Marcus Kitchen
  • Ultra low dose X-ray imaging
  • Quantitative phase contrast X-ray imaging
  • Phase retrieval
  • Scatter-based imaging
  • Physics of X-ray and gamma-ray image formation
  • Structural and functional imaging for biomedical and diagnostic applications
Photo of Amelia Liu Dr Amelia Liu
  • Glasses and amorphous materials
  • Development of new diffraction-based methods for determining the structure of disordered materials
  • Electron diffraction using sub-nanometre probes in the scanning/transmission electron microscope and small-angle x-ray diffraction using synchrotron sources
Photo of Kaye Morgan Dr Kaye Morgan
  • Synchrotron Phase Contrast X-ray imaging
  • Fast, low-dose imaging to capture biological dynamics (e.g. testing new airway treatments)
  • Quantitative phase retrieval
  • Moving synchrotron techniques into the laboratory
Photo of Michael J. Morgan Professor Michael J. Morgan
  • Singular electron optics
  • Experimental and theoretical electron vector tomography
  • Inverse problems in imaging
Photo of David Paganin Professor David Paganin
  • Optical physics using x-rays, electrons, light and matter waves
  • Ghost imaging and optical coherence theory
  • Singular optics: caustics, vortices, topological defects
  • Phase retrieval and phase contrast imaging
Photo of Timothy PetersenDr Timothy Petersen
  • Electron phase retrieval experiments and theory.
  • Singular light and electron imaging of phase vortices and diffraction catastrophes.
  • Aberration-corrected electron microscope imaging.
  • 3D electron vector tomography of magnetic fields from nano-particles
Photo of Imants SvalbeDr Imants Svalbe
  • Discrete tomography and digital imaging
  • Creating zero-sum functions that yield empty projection data in N directions and building large maximally connected sets in N dimensions that have high auto-correlation and minimal cross correlations