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Superheroes Superconductors & Quantum electronics: Pub Physics

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 philuponscience@gmail.com 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 philuponscience@gmail.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 ☺

URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/2110795412504827/

The John Mainstone Youth Lecture Tour 2018, Queensland

This year’s youth lecture tour will promote physics to senior high school students and science teachers. Commencing in August, Dr Sean Powell and Dr Jacqui Romero will present lectures in Physics to high school students in major centres across the state.


The 2018 AIP Lecture Series will be delivered by Dr Sean Powell.


Dr Powell’s talk in 2018 is titled Physics is everywhere! – a journey from sub-atomic particles to the large-scale structure of the universe, where physics seeks to answer the most fundamental questions about reality. As we learn more, we can do more! Physics is everywhere in our world and underpins all our technologies. This year, Sean will discuss the important problems that all of us encounter every day: how do I teleport myself to school? What do I do when I find myself inside a black hole? Why is my time-machine not working? He will also talk about the superpowers that you can gain as a physicist, such as the ability to make accurate quantitative observations and predictive and interpretive mathematical models.  These powers mean that you can become very valuable and work in many industries such as fundamental physics research, economics and finance, space and aeronautics, healthcare and medicine, learning and teaching, electronics and computers, and so much more!


An additional regional lecture will be delivered in Mount Isa in 2018 by Dr Jacqui Romero.


Dr Romero’s talk in 2018 will focus on Slower light in free space. The speed of light is nominally given by c/n, where n is the refractive index of the medium in which the light is travelling.  The refractive index of free space is 1, hence it is natural to expect that in free space, light travels at c. We show that this is not the case when you consider real beams.

We consider photons in a Bessel mode and a focused Gaussian mode, and show that in both cases, the reduction in group velocity results to a delay of several micrometers over a propagation distance of 1 m or ~30 femtoseconds in terms of arrival time.

Please refer to the attached itinerary for information regarding dates, times and venues and contact details for the host at each venue.

AIP 2018 Youth Lecture Itinerary Brief

There is no cost to attend these presentations; however, we do ask that you RSVP the organiser at each venue to indicate your school details, staff attending and anticipated student numbers , by Wednesday 25 July.


We would appreciate your assistance in forwarding this to any interested staff and students who may not receive it via the Physics Discussion list.


Scott Adamson (on behalf of the Australian Institute of Physics – Queensland Branch)