Rich Mildren is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor at the MQ Photonics Research Centre at Macquarie University.
His Fellowship is aimed to boost research capacity in areas important to Australia and to nurture collaborations with industry, other research institutions and other disciplines. His expertise is in the development of novel and versatile photonic sources, instrumentation and applications.
His PhD and early postdoctoral research was in the plasma kinetics of high power gas lasers. He studied ultrafast lasers at the National Research Council in Pisa, Italy. For 3 years (2005-2008) he led R&D for a University spin-off company in wavelength-switchable medical lasers, during which time he brought several medical laser products through to the stage of medical device regulatory approval.
His most recent focus is in advanced laser sources, particularly in the area of diamond optics and lasers.