Physics of Imaging

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 Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy (MCEM) which houses the double aberration corrected Titan TEM, and the Australian Synchrotron.

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

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.

Head of Group

Professor Joanne Etheridge

  • Electron Microscopy
  • Electron Diffraction
  • Diffraction and imaging physics
  • Crystallography
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanostructures
  • Perovskites
  • Materials Characterisation
Photo of Alexis BishopDr Alexis Bishop
  • Optical 2-D pressure sensors
  • Photoacoustic imaging through scattering media
  • Measurements using optical vortices
  • Neutral helium microscopy
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 KitchenAssociate Professor 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
  • X-ray darkfield imaging
  • 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 PaganinProfessor 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