Local researchers wowing us with amazing astronomy, quantum and all kinds of other physics !
—Andres Rosario (Uni of Queensland) will show off superconductors in action – he’s working on quantum computing use superconducting qubits.
—Carolyn Brown (Uni of Southern Queensland) believes in superheroes, so she’s going to prove the feats they perform are physically possible… or not.
—This slot vacant for YOU or a colleague. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved, discuss a topic, or workshop an idea.
—Samuel Hinton (Uni of Queensland) has had enough of long words. He’ll explain black holes using only the 500 most common words in the English language.
—Schrodinger’s cat’s been in a box for nearly 100 years. Phil Dooley (Phil Up On Science) is going to let him out
—Matt Davis (Uni of Queensland) has a magnetic personality. Or it could just be the physics experiments he likes to perform
—Because of the Uncertainty Principle, quantum physicist from Uni of Queensland Till Weinhold’s talk is a mystery…
Physicists, come to the pub! Yes, Physics in the Pub is back in 2018, so slick your hair, dust off your best frock and wow the real world with some phabulous physics.
The Call for Presenters is now open – you have eight minutes to have some fun, a quiz, a poem or a new twist on the standard physics talk. Anything goes, last year we had reggae, stand up and – as MC I’ll warm the crowd up – with a beer in their hand they’ll be relaxed and ready to be entertained.
Contact Dr Phil now on email@example.com or on 0414945577 to get involved. Happy to discuss ideas if you are not sure.
Sponsored by AIP, FLEET Centre of Excellence, UQ Physics and possibly another mystery Physics Centre of Excellence ☺
Until recently it was thought that every material could be classified into one of two types: metals, which conduct electricity, and insulators, which don’t.
Recently physicists proposed and then discovered a new type: topological insulators, which are insulating in their interior but conduct along their surfaces or edges, a discovery which was recognised by the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.
The lecture will cover:
* Why quantum mechanics makes some materials metals and others insulators
* How topology makes some insulators different from others
* The important role that new topological materials may play in reducing the energy used in computing devices.
About the speaker
Professor Michael Fuhrer is an ARC Laurete Fellow in the School of Physics at Monash University. Michael directs the ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) and co-directs the Monash Centre for Atromically Thin Materials. Prior to coming to Monash, Michael directed the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials at the University of Maryland. Michael is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.
There are lots of winners in this month’s bulletin.
I’d like to personally congratulate Professor Dayong Jin who received one of this years’ Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, and Dr Jacq Romero who received a L’Oreal Australia For Women in Science Fellowship, as well as all of those who received NHMRC grants, and those elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. You can read more about all of their achievements below.
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