Microwave engineering and photonics facilities are available in the form of laboratories located on the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus. Services include the Antenna Research Facility and equipment includes oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers and power meters.

Microwave and photonics laboratories


  • Antenna Research Facility, consisting of an anechoic chamber for antenna testing and measurement of antenna radiation patterns
  • Microwave Measurement and Imaging Laboratories, consisting of equipment for microwave measurements, dielectric and thermal characterisation, including a Y-Ф scanner, multiple Vector Network Analysers, and dielectric probes
  • Microwave CAD Infrastructure comprising a number of microwave and antenna CAD packages including Agilent ADS, Ansoft HFSS , CST Microwave Studio, FEKO and AWR Microwave Office
  • Photonics Laboratory consists of a suite of facilities for laser sensing research.  The suite include facilities for visible and near infrared laser sensing and imaging, characterisation of visible and near infrared lasers, numerous vibration isolation platforms, a dedicated preparation room for testing and fabrication of optical systems and a world-class laboratory specifically designed for laser sensing using terahertz quantum-cascade-lasers


  • 2 x R&S ZVA24 4 port 24 GHz VNA
  • R&S ZVL6 2-port 6GHz VNA
  • Keysight PNA 2-port 67 GHz VNA 
  • Keysight PNA 4-port  with  60 to 90 GHz  Extenders  
  • Keysight Fieldfox 14GHz  VNA
  • Keysight 85070E Dilectric probe 
  • Keysight DSOS404A 4Ghz Oscilloscope 
  • Keysight EPM RF Power Meter
  • R&S RTM1054 1 GHz Oscilloscope
  • Agilent 86140B Optical Spectrum Analyser 
  • Keysight N7745A Optical Power Meter  
  • 3 x Janis ST100 free flow cryostats 
  • Xenics Xeva-1.7-320 0.9 – 1.7 µm camera
  • Sunpower CryoTel-GT cryocooler and cryostat  
  • TPS 500 Thermal Conductivity Meter


Microwave labs

Professor Amin Abbosh

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

(07) 3365 8356

Hawken Engineering Building (Building 50)
Room S511, St Lucia campus

Photonics labs

Professor Aleksandar D. Rakic

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

(07) 3365 3569

GP South Building (Building 78)
Room 110, St Lucia campus