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AIP Laboratory Tour: IMBL Beamline @ the Australian Synchrotron

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Dear AIP Member,

The AIP Victorian Branch is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for you to visit the Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) at the Australian Synchrotron!

Amongst the world’s synchrotron light source laboratories there are only a few examples of a dedicated beamline working in the field of medical radiography and radiotherapy research. The Imaging and Medical beam line (IMBL) at the Australian Synchrotron is just such a purpose built facility. The x-ray beams from the synchrotron provide bright, low bandwidth, coherent, and polarised radiation which IMBL uses to create a useful tool. IMBL was designed and built to investigate ways in which the qualities of synchrotron x-ray beams can be exploited for bio-medical research. The highly collimated nature of the beam allows spatial modulation with feature sizes down to the ~10 micron scale. High lateral and transverse coherence enables phase contrast planar imaging and computed tomography (CT) for both bio-medical and materials radiography. IMBL’s bright illumination can also be exploited for dynamic x-ray imaging over large areas and with frame times of a few milliseconds. IMBL has three radiation enclosures for experiments. Together these host a wide range of studies, from broad bandwidth fine structured beam radio-biology projects, to monochromatic (narrow bandwidth) computed tomography, large animal pre-clinical and eventually clinical human x-ray imaging. The latter will be enabled with a new Patient Positioning System (PPS) installed and commissioned in early 2017.

The evening will begin with presentations from IMBL Senior Scientist Dr Chris Hall (Australian Synchrotron) and ARC Future Fellow Dr Marcus Kitchen (Monash University). Following this, a tour of the IMBL beamline will commence which will cover the experimental hutches, beam transfer tunnel, and the newly installed robotic patient positioning system.

Tour Details

Where : Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton. Meet at the reception area of the National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS)

When: Monday July 3rd, 6:30pm ~ 8:30pm. Guests are requested to arrive prior to 6:30pm for visitor sign-in.

Format: ~ 1 hour of presentations by IMBL scientists, followed by ~ 1 hour tour of the IMBL beamline. IMBL staff will be in attendance during the event.

Visit Schedule

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Arrival and sign-in
  • 6:30pm ~ 7:30pm: Presentations from IMBL scientists and users
  • Dr Chris Hall (IMBL Scientist, Australian Synchrotron) “Introduction to the IMBL at the Australian Synchrotron”
  • Dr Marcus Kitchen (ARC Future Fellow, Monash University)
  • “X-ray computed tomography with dose reduction factors in the thousands”
  • 7:30pm ~ 8:30pm : Tour of IMBL beamline

Registration: Registration is required as places are limited, and attendee names are required prior to the event in accordance with visitor regulations at the Australian Synchrotron. All registrants will be emailed an information pack closer to the date, containing important information about the visit.

Please note: For those who arrive on the night who have not registered, the AIP Victorian Branch cannot guarantee you will be able to attend the tour. We thank you for your understanding.

To register for the event please access the following Google Form link:

htps://goo.gl/forms/YoOpBFCdXwzj6MFV2

Cheers,

Anton Tadich

AIP Victorian Branch Chair

Flyer Attachment:

AIP_IMBLTour_Flyer

Einstein Lecture – Dr Karl (16 Aug) – USyd

What are you doing during Science Week? See and listen to Australia’s most well-known science communicator who has the passion of a modern day Julius Sumner Miller. Think you have seen and heard all this science stuff before – No!  Dr Karl has much much more fascinating things in store for you and the family. Things suitable from scientists to ‘Joe in the street’ and its all in the wonderful brand new Nanoscience Hub at Sydney University. See you there.

Einstein Lecture 2017

Public Lectures – 17 & 18 May 2017

2017 Alexander and Leicester McAulay Winter Lecture Series

Australian Institute of Physics – Tasmanian Branch

Physics, Power and Climate Change

Wednesday 17th of May 2017, 8.00-9.00 pm
Physics lecture Theatre 1
University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart
Thursday 18th of May 2017, 1.25-2.25 pm
F Block Theatre
Launceston College, 107-119 Patterson St, Launceston

 

Professor David Jamieson
University of Melbourne

Although the human responses to climate change are volatile, the laws of Physics are not. Since the 1905 Chemistry Nobel laureate Svante Arrhenius first modelled the greenhouse effect on the temperature of our planet little has changed from his prediction of a 2.1 degree Celsius temperature rise for a doubling of the 1905 carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.  Today, with greatly improved physical models, the prediction is between 2 and 4.5 degrees under the same scenario.  Physics helps us understand the past, present and future scenarios for the climate of our planet.  Working out what to do about our emissions and climate change requires us to look at our present and future energy budget.  But it is power that drives our civilisation, not energy.  The paths from energy to power are constrained by the unbreakable laws of entropy.  This lecture explains entropy and the big challenges involved in charting the uncertain future.  Please bring your smartphone to participate in the online polling during the lecture!

Further details: Hobart – Andrew Klekociuk (M 0418 323 341, E aip_branchsecretary_tas@aip.org.au), Launceston – Jason Dicker (M 0438 401 063, aip_branchchair_tas@aip.org.au)

http://www.events.utas.edu.au/2017/may/physics,-power-and-climate-change

 

Welcome to the WA branch of the AIP

We have a few events coming up this year, and we are also planning the AIP Congress 2018 in Perth. If you are interested in having an active role with the AIP, please contact Gerd Schröder-Turk at aip_branchchair_wa@aip.org.au.
We have a few General Meetings for you to hear about physics in Western Australia and we are planning on building our ties with other science communities in Perth.

The Committee for 2017 is;
Gerd Schröder-Turk
Andrea F Biondo
David Parlevliet
Dean Leggo
Diana Tomazos
Elaine Walker
Hữu Đặng
John Chapman
John Ferreirinho
Marjan Zadnik
Peter Metaxas
Mitchell Chiew
Rick Hughes

Bronze Bragg presentation and lecture

The Australian Institute of Physics (SA branch)

Physics, Power and Climate Change

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 at 6.30 to 7.45 pm
Napier 102 lecture theatre
1st floor, Napier Building,
University of Adelaide (off Victoria Drive)

Professor David Jamieson
University of Melbourne

Although the human responses to climate change are volatile, the laws of Physics are not. Since the 1905 Chemistry Noble laureate Svante Arrhenius first modelled the greenhouse effect on the temperature of our planet little has changed from his prediction of a 2.1 degree Celsius temperature rise for a doubling of the 1905 carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.  Today, with greatly improved physical models, the prediction is between 2 and 4.5 degrees under the same scenario.  Physics helps us understand the past, present and future scenarios for the climate of our planet.  Working out what to do about our emissions and climate change requires us to look at our present and future energy budget.  But it is power that drives our civilisation, not energy.  The paths from energy to power are constrained by the unbreakable laws of entropy.  This lecture explains entropy and the big challenges involved in charting the uncertain future.  Please bring your smartphone to participate in the online polling during the lecture!

The Bronze Bragg medal and merit certificates will be presented at the lecture. The medal is awarded for the best performance in 2016 in Physics in the Stage 2 SACE assessments, with certificates being for students who achieved a merit.

The presentation and lecture will be held in the Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, Napier Building, 1st floor, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, north from Pulteney St., at 6.30pm. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend. We are obliged for security reasons to keep the front door of the building attended, so please arrive before 6.30pm. Bookings are not available. The doors must be closed if all seats are taken. Refreshments will be available from 6:00 pm.

Enquires: Email via aip_branchsecretary_sa@aip.org.au  mob: 0427 711 815.

Physics in the Pub

Date: Friday 24th March 2017
Time: 6 – 8 PM
Venue: Rob Roy Hotel, 106 Halifax St
Cost: Hopefully zero

Grab a drink and a snack in a relaxed pub environment and listen to local physicists talking and laughing about their research. Eight snappy physics acts, eight minutes long from local physicists working on astronomy, quantum physics, geophysics and more.

Register at: Eventbrite

Silver Bragg Medal 2016

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Dr Andrew Mackinnon (SA branch Vice Chair) presented a Silver Bragg medal to Joshua Crilly in recognition of excellent achievement in Physics in the 2015 final-year physics examinations at the University of Adelaide.

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Dr Andrew Mackinnon (SA branch Vice Chair) presented a Silver Bragg medal to Jordan Wray in recognition of excellent achievement in Physics in the 2015 final-year physics examinations at Flinders University.

Bronze Bragg Medal 2016

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Professor Gunther Andersson (SA branch Chair) presented the Bronze Bragg medal to James Petchey for outstanding achievement in Physics in the 2015 SACE Stage 2 assessments. Following the presentation A/Prof. Gary Hill (right) gave a public lecture titled “Neutrinos, the Nobel Prize and a New Window on the Universe”.