Adjunct and Emeritus staff

Michael Gal

MSc PhD E.L.Bud.


Department and Research Groups

Condensed Matter Physics

Michael Gal

Photonics and Optoelectronics Postgraduate Courses

Professor Gal co-ordinates highly successful postgraduate programs within the Faculty of Science. These programs offer a range of degrees in photonics and optoelectronics by coursework. Most of the courses are also available by distance education.

Research Interests

Our main research interest involves the study of semiconductor materials used in optoelectronics and optical communications. We use various types of optical spectroscopies, such as laser induced luminescence spectroscopy, differential reflectance spectroscopy and other linear and non-linear optical methods to help identify the nature and dynamics of energy states in semiconductor nano-structures. We collaborate with several Australian and overseas universities in most of our research topics.

Selected Publications

  • Efficient silicon light emitting diode, M.A. Green, J. Zhao, A. Wang, P.J. Reece and M. Gal, Nature 412, 805 (2001)
  • Measurement of damage profile in semiconductors using an automated optical profiler, M. Gal et al, Nucl. Instr. Meth. in Phys. Res. B173, 528 (2001)
  • Improved carrier collection in intermixed InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells L.V. Dao et al. Appl. Phys. Lett 73, 3408 (1998)
  • Anodic Oxide Induced Intermixing of GaAs/AlGaAs Quantum Well and Quantum Wire Structures Shu Yuan et al, IEEE J. Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 4, 629 (1998)
  • Interdiffused quantum well infrared photodetectors for colour sensitive arrays M.B. Johnston et al Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 923 (1999)
  • Proton irradiation induced intermixing in InGaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells and quantum well lasers F. Lan et al J. Appl. Phys 85, 6786 (1999)
  • Strain effect in a GaAs-In0.25Ga0.75As-Al0.5Ga0.5As asymmetric quantum wire Y. Fu et al Phys. Rev. B 61, 8306 (2000)

Contact Details 

Mail Address

School of Physics
The University of New South Wales

Email Address

Phone Number

61 2 9385 4549

Facsimile Number

61 2 9385 6060