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Senior Lecturer

Peter Reece


+61(2) 9385 4998


+61(2) 9385 6060


Third Year Lab Director
Laser Safety Officer
Health and Safety Committee


  • BSc (Hons) UNSW,
  • PhD (Physics) UNSW

Research Interests: 

  • Optoelectronic properties of self-assembled semiconductor nanowires
  • Optical trapping and manipulation of nanoparticles and nanowires
  • Silicon biophotonics and single cell sensing
  • Silicon nanophotonics / microphotonics

Selected Publications: 

Optical Trapping and Micromanipulation
  1. F. Wang, W. J. Toe, W. M. Lee, D. McGloin, Q. Gao, H. H. Tan, C. Jagadish, P. J. Reece, Resolving stable axial trapping points of nanowires in an optical tweezers using photoluminescence mapping, Nano Letters, 13 (3), pp. 1185-1191 (2013). 
  2. P. J. Reece, W. J. Toe, F. Wang, S. Paiman, Q. Gao, H. H. Tan, C. Jagadish, Characterisation of semiconductor nanowires based on optical tweezers, Nano Letters, 11 (6), pp 2375–2381 (2011). 
  3. K. Pearce, F. Wang, and P. J. Reece, Dark-field optical tweezers for nanometrology of metallic nanoparticles, Optics Express 19, 25559-25569 (2011).  
  4. M. Dienerowitz, M. Mazilu, P. J. Reece, T. F. Krauss, K. Dholakia, Optical vortex trap for resonant confinement of metal nanoparticles Optics Express 16 (7) , pp. 4991-4999 (2008).  
  5. P. J. Reece, E. M. Wright & K. Dholakia, Experimental observation of modulation instability and optical spatial soliton arrays in soft condensed matter, Physical Review Letters 98, 203902 (2007).
  6. W. M. Lee, P. J. Reece, R. F. Marchington, N. K. Metzger & K. Dholakia, Construction and calibration of an optical trap on a fluorescence optical microscope Nature Protocols 2, 3226-3238 (2007).
  7. P. J. Reece, V. Garces-Chavez & K. Dholakia, Near-field optical micromanipulation with cavity enhanced evanescent waves, Applied Physics Letters 88, 221116 (2006).
  8. V. Garces-Chavez, R. Quidant, P. J. Reece, G. Badenes, L. Torner & K. Dholakia, Extended organization of colloidal microparticles by surface plasmon polariton excitation, Physical Review B 73, 085417 (2006).

Biophotonics & Optical Biosensing 


Silicon Photonics & Photovoltaics

  1. C. M. Johnson, P.J. Reece, G. Conibeer, Slow-light-enhanced up-conversion for photovoltaics in one-dimensional photonic crystals, Optics Letters, 36, pp. 3990-3992. (2011)
  2. A. Pham, H. Qiao, B. Guan, J. J. Gooding, M. Gal, P. J. Reece, Characterisation of optical bistability in mesoporous silicon microcavitiesJournal Applied Physics, 109 (9), Art. No. 093113 (2011)
  3. H. Qiao, B. Guan, T. Bocking, M. Gal, J.J. Gooding, and P.J. Reece, Optical properties of II-VI colloidal quantum dot doped porous silicon microcavities. Applied Physics Letters, 96(16), 161106-3 (2010)
  4. E.-C. Cho, M.A. Green, R. Corkish, P. Reece, M. Gal, and S.-H. Lee, Photoluminescence in crystalline silicon quantum wells. Journal of Applied Physics, 101(2): p. 024321-6, (2007).
  5. W. H. Zheng, P. Reece, B. Q. Sun & M. Gal. Broadband laser mirrors made from porous silicon. Applied Physics Letters 84, 3519-3521 (2004).
  6. P. J. Reece, M. Gal, H. H. Tan & C. Jagadish. Optical properties of erbium-implanted porous silicon microcavities. Applied Physics Letters 85, 3363-3365 (2004).
  7. E. C. Cho, M. A. Green, J. Xia, R. Corkish, P. Reece & M. Gal. Clear quantum-confined luminescence from-crystalline silicon/SiO2 single quantum wells. Applied Physics Letters 84, 2286-2288 (2004).
  8. P. J. Reece, G. Lerondel, W. H. Zheng & M. Gal, Optical microcavities with subnanometer linewidths based on porous silicon, Applied Physics Letters 81, 4895-4897 (2002).
  9. M. A. Green, J. H. Zhao, A. H. Wang, P. J. Reece & M. Gal, Efficient silicon light-emitting diodes, Nature 412, 805-808 (2001).