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  • 31 Oct 2022 8:12 PM | Anonymous

    Members of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics are invited to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting on Thursday 24 November at 5pm, Physics Lecture Theatre 1, University of Tasmania.

    The AGM will be followed by a public lecture at 6pm. The public lecture will be delivered by Professor David Jamieson (University of Melbourne) and is titled "Physics of life: what do the laws of physics say?" 

    The public lecture will be followed by the annual dinner. Members and partners are warmly invited.

    RSVP to by Friday 18 November.

  • 31 Oct 2022 8:03 PM | Anonymous

    Early detection of Alzheimer’s, exploring the invisible, extreme time-domain phenomena, and more

    The NSW Australian Institute of Physics Branch would like to congratulate the 2022 postgraduate nominees on their accepted presentation titles and abstracts for the upcoming Annual AIP NSW Postgraduate Awards event on Tuesday 8 November 2022 at the Concord Golf Club, 190 Majors Bay Road commencing from 10 am sharp.

    Each presenter will have the opportunity to compete for the AIP NSW Postgraduate Medal and the Royal Society of NSW Jak Kelly prize. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event to support the presenters.

    The awards program includes abstracts and times of all the presenters for the upcoming event. The presenters are asked to make a 20-minute presentation on their postgraduate research in Physics, and the presentation will be judged on the criteria (1) content and scientific quality, (2) clarity and (3) presentation skills as included in the judges’ criteria.

    The Postgraduate Award nominees are:

    Saurabh BHARDWAJ, Macquarie University, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

    Femtosecond laser inscribed point-by-point Bragg gratings in few- mode optical fibre

    Yuanming WANG, University of Sydney, School of Physics

    Studying extreme time-domain phenomena with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder

    Giovanni PIEROBON, University of New South Wales, School of Physics

    Exploring the invisible: axion dark matter in the galaxy

    Shankar DUTT Australian National University, Research School of Physics

    Sensing one molecule at a time: A pathway to personalized healthcare and early detection of Alzheimer’s and MS

    Ivan ZHIGULIN, University of Technology Sydney, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

    Revealing the nature of blue quantum emitters in hexagonal Boron Nitride via the Stark effect

    Levi MADDEN, University of Wollongong, School of Physics

    Optical dosimeters for radiotherapy with MRI-LINACs

    Event Schedule:

    Date: Tuesday 8 November 2022

    Venue: Concord Golf Club, 190 Majors Bay Road Concord, NSW

    Postgraduate Nominee presentations from 10.00am

    Presentation of Postgraduate Award winner, Royal Society of NSW Jak Kelly Prize, and Community Outreach to Physics Award from 1.00pm.

    All welcome.

    This event is proudly sponsored by the Australian Institute of Physics NSW Branch, The Royal Australian Chemical Institute and The Royal Society of New South Wales.

  • 31 Oct 2022 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    What is expanding space?  What came before the big bang?  Is there an edge to space?  What’s beyond the horizon of a black hole? What can the amazing images from the James Webb Space Telescope tell us?

    Join Professor Tamara Davis, astrophysicist at the University of Queensland (and AIP’s 2011 Women In Physics Lecturer) to discuss these questions and more at her upcoming public lecture Cosmological Conundrums and the Dark Side of the Universe, delivered as part of the 2022 AIP Congress in Adelaide.

    “When I'm having a chat with family and friends these are the questions I’m asked.  So, upgrade your repertoire for cocktail party conversation by learning about these and other cosmological conundrums,” says Professor Davis.

    In this talk, you’ll dive deeply into the foundations of our cosmological model, and hear the latest updates on dark energy, black holes, and gravitational waves.

    12 December 7:30-8:30 PM, Adelaide Convention Centre. Register via Eventbrite.

  • 31 Oct 2022 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    Adelaide Convention Centre

    The program for the 24th AIP Congress – 11 to 16 December at the Adelaide Convention Centre – is now live on the Congress website.

    Have you registered your spot at the Congress yet? Registrations are open until Friday 2 December 2022.

    Register here.

    We have a full schedule, with 10 plenary talks across the five days from high-profile speakers spanning the broad interests of the Congress, two poster sessions, and public lecture by Tamara Davis Cosmological Conundrums and the Dark Side of the Universe on Monday evening.

    Plus, plenty of networking opportunities including a Congress dinner on Wednesday evening, a diversity breakfast on Tuesday morning, and a high tea focused on physics education.

    Three sessions targeted to high-school teachers are also included in the program.

    See the full program for further details. The program will continue to be updated over the coming weeks.

  • 28 Oct 2022 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Headshot of Professor Susan Scott First Australian recipient

    The prestigious Blaise Pascal Medal for Physics 2022 has been awarded to Distinguished Professor Susan Scott FAIP of ANU for her work over three decades, including discoveries in general relativity, cosmology and gravitational wave science.

    Reporting on the Award, Marion Rae from Australian Associated Press, wrote:

    ‘A theoretical physicist who studies ripples in space that span billions of years is the first Australian to be awarded the prestigious Blaise Pascal science medal.

    The Australian National University’s Susan Scott has won the 2022 medal for physics from the European Academy of Sciences, which recognises the work of the world’s best scientists.

    “I am the first Australian, and Australian woman, to be awarded this medal, so this is a tremendous honour,” Professor Scott said.

    Her work is spurring powerful advances in quantum, laser and optical technology.

    She said she hopes the award inspires the next generation of women scientists in Australia and internationally.

    “Throughout most of my career, in general relativity theory and gravitational wave science, there have been so few women, particularly in Australia,” Prof Scott told AAP from Brussels.

    “We really need to change that because we’re just missing out on so much talent.”

    She wants women and girls to know they can follow their dreams of being scientists and making discoveries.

    “It’s an incredibly fulfilling thing to do and it’s very important to me that I do have this mentorship role – for young women scientists and generally to our students and early career researchers,” she said.

    Prof Scott was part of an international team that detected gravitational waves, proving Albert Einstein’s theory on general relativity.

    “At the time, many people thought Einstein’s theory of general relativity from 1915 was very esoteric and would probably never have any use or purpose,” she said.

    “Now we all use GPS in everyday life – I was using it yesterday to navigate around Brussels. It’s taken 100 years, but it’s a flow-on effect from his theory.”

    The academy citation recognises her “ground-breaking discoveries in general relativity, cosmology and gravitational wave science” spanning more than three decades.

    “She played a leading role in Australia’s participation in the first detection of gravitational waves in 2015 and the development of the field of gravitational wave science in Australia following on from that discovery,” the academy said.

    Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time caused by massive cosmic events, including the collisions of black holes.’

    Read the full story as reported by Marion Rae, Australian Associated Press

  • 3 Oct 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Headshot of Prof Michael Brunger On 14th of September Prof Michael Brunger FAIP passed away. His friends, colleagues and the College of Science and Engineering have received this news with great sadness.

    Prof Michael Brunger has been a valued member of Flinders University for four decades, having completed his Bachelor of Science at Flinders in 1981, followed by Honours (1st class) in 1982 and later his PhD in 1988.

    Michael had an esteemed academic career, starting as a Rothmans Foundation Research Fellow at ANU from 1989-1991. Michael then took up a QEII Fellowship at Flinders in 1991, where he moved through the ranks to become Professor of Physics for the past 15 years, retiring only recently. Michael’s contributions both to Flinders University and the wider research community were recognised last week when he was awarded the prestigious title of Emeritus Professor.

    Michael specialised in atomic and molecular physics, where he focused on electron and positron collisions and their applications. He was a highly regarded international researcher, having published more than 350 refereed papers, and being recognised through Fellowships of the Australian Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics (UK).

    He also served our community on the Australian Research Council College of Experts and as a member of the ARC ERA research evaluation committee for several rounds. He has mentored numerous PhD students, many of whom have gone on to receive prestigious international fellowships and positions around the globe. Michael has had a significant impact on Flinders, through his high-quality research, administration, and service, and as a proud Union member, being NTEU Flinders University Branch President.

    Michael will be remembered by his smile and humour, his sharp thinking and pointed comments as well as his enthusiasm, kindness, generosity, and friendliness, and last but not least, his hat and sneakers. Michael will be missed by his many friends and colleagues.

    This tribute was written by his colleagues:
    Prof Stephen Buckman
    Prof Igor Bray
    Prof Sarah Harmer
    Dr Darryl Jones
    Dr Laurence Campbell
    Prof Gunther Andersson.

    Photo credit: supplied by the authors.

  • 3 Oct 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    False colour image highlighting impacts by meteroids crashing on Mars as detected by the NASA InSight landerAs reported by NASA.

    • Women in Physics Lecturer Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic is a co-author on a recently published paper on impacts by meteroids crashing on Mars as detected by the NASA InSight lander.

    NASA’s InSight lander has detected seismic waves from four space rocks that crashed on Mars in 2020 and 2021. Not only do these represent the first impacts detected by the spacecraft’s seismometer since InSight touched down on the Red Planet in 2018, it also marks the first time seismic and acoustic waves from an impact have been detected on Mars.

    A new paper published Monday 19 Sep in Nature Geoscience details the impacts, which ranged between 53 and 180 miles (85 and 290 kilometers) from InSight’s location, a region of Mars called Elysium Planitia.

    The first of the four confirmed meteoroids – the term used for space rocks before they hit the ground – made the most dramatic entrance: It entered Mars’ atmosphere on Sept. 5, 2021, exploding into at least three shards that each left a crater behind.

    Then, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flew over the estimated impact site to confirm the location. The orbiter used its black-and-white Context Camera to reveal three darkened spots on the surface. After locating these spots, the orbiter’s team used the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera, or HiRISE, to get a color close-up of the craters (the meteoroid could have left additional craters in the surface, but they would be too small to see in HiRISE’s images).

    “After three years of InSight waiting to detect an impact, those craters looked beautiful,” said Ingrid Daubar of Brown University, a co-author of the paper and a specialist in Mars impacts.

    “Impacts are actually a really beautiful way of validating our previous guesses about the make-up of the interior of Mars, because we can tell how big the rock was that created that impact, so we know how much energy it would have had on impact,” said AIP Women in Physics lecturer, Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic, who is a co-author on the paper and the only Australian working on the NASA InSight mission.

    “And then we can connect the dots about the material that must be under the surface which the seismic waves passed through, to give us a greater insight into the structure of Mars.”

    Read the full NASA media release here.
    Read more about Prof Miljkovic’s participation in an SMH article

    Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Tech/University of Arizona.

  • 1 Sep 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    As reported by the University of Melbourne.

    Located one kilometre underground in the Stawell Gold Mine, the first dark matter laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere is preparing to join the global quest to understand the nature of dark matter and unlock the secrets of our universe.

    Officially unveiled on 19 August, the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL) will be the new epicentre of dark matter research in Australia. The Stawell laboratory will be managed by SUPL Ltd., which is co-owned by the University of Melbourne, ANSTO, the Australian National University, Swinburne University of Technology, and the University of Adelaide.

    Lead researcher on the project University of Melbourne Professor Elisabetta Barberio said dark matter has been eluding scientists for decades.

    “We know there is much more matter in the universe than we can see,” Professor Barberio said.

    “With the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory, we have the tools and location to detect this dark matter. Proving the existence of dark matter will help us understand its nature and forever change how we see the universe.”

    With Stage 1 now complete, the lab is ready to host the experiment known as SABRE South to be installed over the coming months, which aims to directly detect dark matter.

    SABRE South will run in conjunction with the complementary SABRE experiment taking place in Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Italy. These experiments are designed to detect Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), one of the likely forms for dark matter particles.

    Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne Professor James McCluskey said universities are places of deep discovery supported by global partnerships in advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

    “Research which is needed to address the great unanswered questions – such as ‘what is dark matter?’ – is nearly always done in collaboration," Professor McCluskey said.

    “Working with our partners and sharing our collective knowledge and expertise, the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory will facilitate experiments which are critical in the global search for dark matter.’’

    Read the full media release here.

    Photo: PhD student Madeleine Zurowski with lead researcher Professor Elisabetta Barberio in the Stawell Underground Physics Lab. Credit – Olivia Gumienny/University of Melbourne.

  • 1 Sep 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    As reported by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney.

    UNSW Sydney Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Attila Brungs has announced Scientia Professor Sven Rogge as the new Dean of UNSW Science.

    Prof Rogge is an internationally recognised expert in condensed matter physics and quantum information science. He has held several research and leadership positions at UNSW since joining from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands in 2011.

    Prof Brungs congratulated Prof Rogge on his appointment and highlighted his strong track record as a leader in both academic research and administration.

    “Prof Rogge will bring enormous experience to his role as faculty dean. Since joining UNSW, he has successfully steered the School of Physics and the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research portfolio. His research on condensed matter physics, in particular quantum electronics, spans the full funding pipeline from blue sky basic research through to translational applications,” Prof Brungs said.

    “I look forward to working with him as he leads the Science faculty in an exciting time ahead, as innovative technologies and other scientific solutions are developed to address challenges in an uncertain and rapidly changing world.”

    Prof Rogge grew up in Germany and a fascination with science from an early age led him to study Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He then went on to obtain a PhD in Physics from Stanford University in 1997.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the President of the Australian Institute of Physics, and a program manager at the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

    As an experimental physicist, his research focuses on quantum systems in a solid-state environment and their translation to applications in quantum materials and technology. His work on gaining atomistic insight into the interactions of quantum objects, such as atoms and qubits, is a key component in Australia’s world-leading progress in quantum physics.

    Prof Rogge said he was honoured to be appointed Dean of Science.

    “UNSW is one of Australia’s leading universities for science education and research. Our staff and students learn and specialise in a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines as they strive to help overcome many of the most pressing challenges facing our world today,” Prof Rogge said.

    “I look forward to continuing my work on the University leadership team as the Dean of Science. I think the role of the faculty is to educate students in critical thinking and give them a toolbox of analytical skills that will ready them for a diverse and rewarding career. We also have a responsibility to drive research that will guide Australia into a sustainable future with new insights from ageing well to quantum technologies.”

    Prof. Rogge will start in his new role on 10 October 2022.


    Read the full media release here.

    Photo credit: UNSW Sydney.

  • 1 Sep 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    AIP Vice President elected as Council member

    The Australian physics community will continue to be well-represented at the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) with the recent election of our VP Professor Nicole Bell as one of 15 Council members for 2023 – 2025.

    She will follow in the footsteps of our Immediate Past President, Professor Jodie Bradby, whose term as Council member ends this year. Other past Council members include AIP Fellows Dr Cathy Foley, Prof Robert Robinson, and Dr Marc Duldig.

    The AAPPS is an umbrella organisation of 20 physical societies in the Asia Pacific region, of which the AIP is part. It was founded in October 1989 with the aim to promote the advancement of physics knowledge in the region, encompassing research, applications, and teaching, especially through international collaboration.

    The activities of the AAPPS include organisation of the triennial Asia Pacific Physics Conference, collaboration with other organisations such the American Physical Society, and encouraging young physics researchers through the C. N. Yang Award. 

    Last month, the AAPPS and the Korean Physical Society held the 15th Asia Pacific Physics Conference (APPC15) online.

    The newly elected AAPPS Council members are:

    1. Nicole F. BELL (Australian Institute of Physics)

    2. Xiudong SUN (The Chinese Physical Society, Beijing)

    3. Tao XIANG (The Chinese Physical Society, Beijing)

    4. Ruiqin ZHANG (The Physical Society of Hong Kong)

    5. Mio MURAO (The Physical Society of Japan)

    6. SHEN Qing (The Japan Society of Applied Physics)

    7. Hyoung Joon CHOI (The Korean Physical Society)

    8. Jae-Hyung JEON (The Korean Physical Society)

    9. Keun-Young KIM (The Korean Physical Society)

    10. Kurunathan RATNAVELU (Malaysian Institute of Physics)

    11. Narayan Prasad CHAPAGAIN (Nepal Physical Society)

    12. Rajdeep Singh RAWAT (Institute of Physics Singapore)

    13. Meng-Fan LUO (The Physical Society located in Taipei)

    14. VU Dinh Lam (Vietnam Physical Society)

    15. Kadyr G. GULAMOV (Council of Physicists of Uzbekistan)

    Photo credit: ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP).

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