RMIT Breaking the worlds fastest internet speed! Application of MLA150 Direct Write Maskless Aligner

by James Carter


MLA150 Direct Write Maskless Aligner

Congratulations to Dr Andreas BoesDefence Team Leader of Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC), the 2020 winner of the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society Geoff Opat Early Career Researcher Prize! 

Dr Andy Boes shares his experience about the role of Maskless Aligner systems in his projects. Heidelberg Instrument Maskless Aligner series was first introduced in 2015. Since then, the revolutionary, state-of-the-art maskless technology has become firmly established. Today, the MLA150 Maskless Aligner serves as a trusted, indispensable workhorse in many multiuser facilities, nanofabrication labs, and national institutes.  

Dr Andy BoesThe MLA150 is a maskless alignment system that enables the InPAC team (Link: at RMIT University to rapidly fabricate new designs for biomedical defence and data communications applications. I am using this tool to pattern electrodes on the surface of photonic circuit chips that are used for applications such as precision sensing and communications. The fabrication process was brought down from weeks to a single day, removing the wait time for a photomask. This rapid prototyping method allowed me to quickly iterate novel electrode designs, which will lead to a higher amount of potential applications in the future. 

The results of the research are published in Optics Express journal: 

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