Professor Neil Manson

MSc, PhD, University of Aberdeen
Emeritus Professor, Laser Physics Centre
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Condensed Matter Physics 0204
  • Quantum Information, Computation And Communication 020603

Research interests

Optical spectroscopy of impurity ions and defects in transparent solids.

Optically active centres in solids for quantum information processing


Expertise in high resolution laser spectroscopy with 200 published papers. 


Researcher's projects

Interest in optically active defects and impurity centres in solids with applications for quantum information processing. Current activity includes development of rare earth ion impurities devices for quantum computing and quantum computing. There is also interest in the nitrogen-vacancy centre in diamond. It has applications for room temperature quantum information processing, for magnetometry and as a biological probe but our motive is to understanding the intrinsic properties of centre.


Available student projects

Optical spectroscopy of defects in diamond with special interest in the nitrogen-vacancy centre

Past student projects

Lachlan Rogers: Intrinsic properties of the nitrogen-vacancy defect centre in diamond

Michael Barson: Stress studies of the nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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