Abbey - Coherent X-ray science and materials characterisation

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Brian AbbeyDr Brian Abbey

Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, College of Science, Health and Engineering

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Research overview

Our research combines elements of optics, nanofabrication, synchrotron science and X-ray Free Electron Lasers, to develop new approaches to imaging materials and structures at the atomic, molecular and cellular level. We develop techniques for interpreting patterns of coherently scattered light in order to investigate the structures of samples. The applications for our techniques vary over a wide range of time and length-scales and include both single molecule imaging and medical imaging for patient diagnoses and treatment.

Our inventions include new methods for imaging strain in three-dimensions as well as techniques for quantifying sub-cellular structural information using X-rays. Among our many international collaborators are Stanford University whom we are working with on femtosecond X-ray diffraction measurements and Oxford University with whom we are developing the next generation of materials characterisation techniques. We are currently focusing on applying our technologies to understanding disease and the immune system.

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