Eugene Ivanov

Professor, MSc PhD Moscow Power.Eng.Inst.

  • The University of Western Australia (M013), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Eugene Ivanov received the Ph.D. degree in Radio-physics from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1987. In 1991, he joined Physics Department at the University of Western Australia. In 1999-2019, he worked as a Visiting Scientist in Boulder Laboratories (NIST, Boulder, Colorado).  His research interests include oscillator frequency stabilization and precision noise measurements.

Roles and responsibilities

Eugene’s work in the field of measurement science was recognized by:

The 1994 Japan Microwave Prize

The 2002 Walter G. Cady Award (IEEE Society)

The 2010 Joseph Keithley Award (American Physical Society)

The 2012 Alan Walsh Medal (Australian Institute of Physics)

The 2014 Clunies-Ross Award (Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering)

The J. Keithley Award was awarded to Eugene as a “physicist who has been instrumental in the development of measurement techniques that have impact on the physics community by providing better measurements”.

Future research

Low-phase noise electromagnetic oscillators

Cryogenic microwave frequency standards
Precision noise measurements at microwave and optical frequencies

Funding overview

2003 – 2006, Development of Optical Clocks and Their Applications to Precision Frequency Measurements and Time Keeping (LX0454426), UWA, $37 597.00

2005- 2006, A Facility for Ultra-Precise Time and Frequency Transfer (LE0560710), UWA, $242 000.00

2003 - 2007, Creation of New Precision Optical and Microwave Technologies and their Application to Testing the Fundamental of Physics (DP0343391), UWA, $1 799 043.00

2006 - 2009, Developing New Clocks for Australia: Testing the Assumptions of Modern Physics (DP0662831), UWA, $649 819.00

2008 - 2012, Application of ultra-high stability cryogenic sapphire oscillators to Very Long Baseline Interferometry (LP0883292), $336 873.00

2010 - 2013, Precision time and frequency in the lab and in space to test fundamental physics (DP1092690), UWA, $789 923.00

2013-2015, Frequency standards with breakthrough performance: Engineering immunity to LO instabilities using dynamic error suppression (DP130103823), $45 000.00

2011-2015, Ground station facility for membership of the atomic clock ensemble in space mission (LE110100054), $1 230 000.00

2017 – 2018, Australian dark matter detector for high mass axions (LE180100042), UWA, $621 834.00

2019 – 2021, Precision low energy experiments to search for new physics (DP190100071), $557 909.00

Previous positions

Principal Research Fellow, level D1 (2004-2007)
Principal Research Fellow, level D4 (2007-2008)
Research Professor, level D4 (2008-2012)
Winthrop Professor, level E (2012-present time)

Current projects

Study of intrinsic fluctuations in cryogenic sapphire resonators

Suppression of technical fluctuations of the cryogenic microwave oscillators

“Sapphire clocks” with fractional frequency instability below 1. E-16

Industrial relevance

In the mid-’90s, Eugene developed a high-resolution noise measurement technique termed Microwave Circuit Interferometry. When applied to frequency stabilization of microwave oscillators, this technique enabled more than two orders of magnitude improvement in oscillator phase noise performance relative to the previous state-of-the-art. At the beginning of the 90s, the West Australian company Poseidon Scientific Instruments (PSI) licensed the phase noise suppression technique from the UWA. For over a decade, PSI remained the manufacturer of the lowest phase noise microwave oscillators. In 2012, the US defence contractor Raytheon acquired PSI and oscillator noise suppression technology rights to “enhance its defence capabilities.”

In 2022, the South Australian company QuantX Labs (former Cryoclock) signed an agreement with the UWA to resume manufacturing microwave oscillators with interferometric signal processing.

Teaching overview

Eugene is an author of the 32 lecture course "Special Topics in Experimental Physics" for Ph.D. and Masters's students. He taught this course from 2015 to 2019.

He also setup the following experiments in the 2nd and 3rd year students labs:

  • Saturation Spectroscopy of the Rubidium D2 Line;
  • Measurements of Coherence Time of the Laser Diode with Scanning Michelson Interferometer;
  • Study of Whispering Gallery Modes in Dielectric Sapphire Resonator;
  • Study of Thermal Fluctuations in Acoustic Resonator

He acts as a demonstrator of some of the above experiments


Low-phase noise microwave oscillators
Precision electromagnetic measurements
Laser frequency stabilization
Optical frequency synthesis



Research expertise keywords

  • Oscillator frequency stabilization
  • Precision electromagnetic measurements
  • Optical frequency synthesis
  • Feedback control theory and applications
  • Noise analysis


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