Michael Tobar

Professor, BSc BE Monash, PhD W.Aust., FIEEE, MAIP, FAAS, FTSE

  • The University of Western Australia (M013), 35 Stirling Highway, Room B29, Physics Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 5595 Citations
  • 38 h-Index
1993 …2024
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Personal profile


Received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A., Australia, in 1994. He is currently a Professor of Physics with the Department of Physics at the University of Western Australia. Notably, between 2009 and 2014 He was awarded a Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council.  His research interests encompass the broad discipline of frequency metrology, precision and quantum measurements and quantum, low temperature and condensed matter physics. In particular he is interested in undertaking precision tests of fundamental physics, including low energy precision searches for Dark Matter. He leads the Frequency and Quantum Metrology research group at UWA, and the ORGAN axion Dark Matter detector collaboration. He has co-authored about 300 journal publications in these fields of research and has 12 patents. Recent awards include the 2014 Cady Award presented by the IEEE, the 2014 Clunies-Ross award presented by the Australian Academy of Science and Technology, the 2012 Alan Walsh medal presented by the Australian Institute of Physics, the 2010 WA scientist of the year, presented by the WA dept. of Commerce, the 2009, Barry Inglis medal presented by the National Measurement Institute for precision measurement and the 2006 Boas medal presented by the Australian Institute of Physics. Also, during 2007 he was elevated to Fellow of the IEEE, 2008 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineeringand 2012Fellow ofthe Australian Academy of Science.He also received a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for inspiring research students to reach their full potential and transform to successful research scientists through participation in ground-breaking research.

Funding overview

Recently Prof. Tobar's group was funded as the UWA Node in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems:


Previous positions

2009-2014: ARC Laureate Fellow

Teaching overview

3rd Year Electrodynamics








  • Frequency standards
  • Precision oscillators
  • Standard model extensions
  • Testing fundamental physics
  • Dark matter detection: Weakly Interacting Slim Particles (WISPS)
  • Engineered quantum systems
  • Quantum metrology
  • Axion Dark Matter

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Research Output 1993 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)
Jahn-Teller effect
Dielectric resonators
Paramagnetic resonance
7 Citations (Scopus)

Axion detection with negatively coupled cavity arrays

Goryachev, M., McAllister, B. T. & Tobar, M. E., 25 Aug 2018, In : Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics. 382, 33, p. 2199-2204 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

harmonic oscillators

Better than Brillouin

Bourhill, J. & Tobar, M., Jun 2018, In : Nature Physics. 14, 6, p. 531-532 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
Microwave resonators
Open Access

Projects 1996 2024

ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS 2017)

Tobar, M., McFerran, J., White, A., Doherty, A., Biercuk, M., Bowen, W., Milburn, G. & Volz, T.

University of Queensland


Project: Research

Australian Dark Matter Detector for High Mass Axions

Tobar, M., Goryachev, M., Ivanov, E., Fedorov, A., Bowen, W., Drinkwater, M., Volz, T. & Brennan, G.

Macquarie University


Project: Research

Australian Dark Matter Detector for High Mass Axions

Tobar, M., Goryachev, M., Ivanov, E., Fedorov, A., Bowen, W., Drinkwater, M., Volz, T. & Brennan, G.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research