The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) will develop the next generation of miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today. Our research outcomes will underpin future technologies, including real-time holographic displays, artificial vision for autonomous systems to see the invisible, wearable medical devices and ultra-fast light-based Wi-Fi, meeting the evolving demands of Industry 4.0.

As a publicly funded organization, the Centre has an obligation to help Australian businesses and industry evolve to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0 and beyond, which is why we offer a range of services designed to educate and facilitate. We can also provide these services for international organisations, on request.

  • Meta-Optics Discovery Calls

    Understanding the technology that will impact your organization a decade from now enables you to future-proof your business. This is why we offer free meta-optics discovery calls, where we take your team through the technology and its potential applications in your field. These consultations are suited to executive and engineering teams. Follow up sessions can be arranged to answer questions that arise as a result of our first conversation.

  • Research Projects

    We work with industry partners in a range of fields on research projects that advance this new technology in ways contribute to the business objectives. We can work with you to identify business opportunities and shape R&D projects to deliver the best outcome for your organisation. The Centre’s diverse expertise in this field enables us to partner you with the best people for your project. We can also help leverage your resources through Australian Government support.

  • Meta-Optics Workshops

    If you have a larger group of people who need to be kept up to date on the latest developments in optics, organise a meta-optics workshop with our team. These can be tailored based on your industry and specific company needs.

See a promising application for our technology in your industry?

We want to hear from you! To start the conversation or to book one of the above collaboration opportunities, please email us.


Industrial impact

Meta-optics—an emerging technology with links to metasurfaces, nano-optics and precision optics—have the potential to transform a vast array of industries, similar to the way wi-fi and transistors have changed every aspect of the way we live. TMOS is dedicated to making new discoveries in this field and translating them to real-world applications.

The Centre is focusing its initial research translation efforts on five key areas:


We are developing meta-optical surfaces for SWIR-TIR spectral ranges that will replace heavy glass lenses with lightweight, thin film-based optics, reducing manufacturing, launch and operating costs.


Our sensing technology includes thin-film infrared up-conversion technology that will replace current bulky night vision sensors as well as quantum communication systems for secure information transfer.


We are applying MEMS-based spectroscopic sensing technology in the Ag-Tech space to assess plant health, water stress, soil health, etc. Our on-chip microspectrometer technology, which is extremely robust and has an extremely small size and weight, allows the sensors to be on-farm field-deployable on any suitable platform, such hand-held, robotic vehicle, and/or airborne UAV (drone).


Meta-optics has a vast array of applications in the medtech field. Two of our current projects focus on improving diagnostics with flexible, wearable sensors and the development of microscope coverslips that enable the user to view transparent cells without staining.

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The holography techniques that underpin much of the Centre’s research will lead to next generation light-weight, compact augmented reality and virtual reality devices. Dynamic, tunable holograms will change entertainment as we know it.

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