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SA 2021 Committee

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  • 26 Aug 2021 8:55 PM | Anonymous

    8:00 pm, Wednesday September 1st 2021
    The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The Braggs building, University of Adelaide.

    Meeting Agenda: (in-person TICKETED event). No Ticket, No Entry.

    "Exploring the Universe with High Energy Neutrinos detected at the South Pole"
                by A/Prof. Gary Hill
    "The Sky this Month" by Joe Grida
    ASSA Astrophotography Winning Entries
    Announcements for September 2021
    Coffee/Tea, Supper & Conversation (TBC)

    Attend In-Person: A LIMITED number of theatre seat tickets are available for this meeting. Tickets are FREE and must be obtained from Eventbrite to gain entry to the theatre. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE RETURN YOUR TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE so those on the waitlist can then access tickets. No Ticket, No Entry.

    The Eventbrite link is

    The Braggs LT entrance is located at E10 on the map (doors face the Barr Smith Lawns).

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    Exploring the Universe with High Energy Neutrinos detected at the South Pole

    by A/Prof. Gary Hill, Department of Physics, University of Adelaide

    Summary: The IceCube Neutrino Observatory was constructed at the South Pole over seven summer seasons from 2004/5 to 2010/11. Consisting of over 5,000 basketball-sized optical sensors instrumenting a cubic kilometre of the deep Antarctic ice, the observatory has detected thousands of high energy neutrinos from beyond the Earth, and identified a type of black hole powered active galaxy (a blazar) as the source of some of these events. In this talk we will discuss the history of neutrino astronomy, the construction of IceCube, and how the observatory is being used to learn much about our Universe, from the nature of the most powerful galaxies, right down to the fundamental properties of elementary particles.

    Bio: Gary Hill completed his PhD in high energy neutrino astronomy in 1996 at the University of Adelaide, and then spent the next year at the South Pole as part of the team constructing and operating the original AMANDA neutrino detector. He then worked for 14 years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, analysing data from AMANDA and planning and building IceCube, including another 10 summer trips to the South Pole. He returned to the University of Adelaide in late 2011, spending his first official day on the job at the South Pole during his 12th visit. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Adelaide, continuing IceCube research in high energy neutrinos, and more recently has joined the team constructing a dark matter detector, SABRE, to be installed deep in the Stawell mine in Victoria.

  • 8 Aug 2021 6:45 PM | Anonymous

    The SA Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics will be holding its mid-year dinner and awards night at The Archer (60 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, SA 5006) on Thursday, 12th of August 2021, 6:30 pm

    To reserve a spot, please book your free ticket through this Eventbrite link.

    Come along for an informal evening with your fellow physicists including students, academics and researchers. Drinks will be from 6:30 pm with the dinner commencing at 7.00 pm.

    We will be presenting the Excellence in Physics Teaching award which is presented to a Physics teacher that has made a positive impact on teaching Physics to students at the high school level.

    We will be also presenting the Silver Bragg Awards to the top final year students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in 2020 with a major in Physics from the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

  • 13 Jul 2021 10:46 PM | Anonymous

    Physics industry night: lecture and networking event

    Date and time

    Tue., 27 July 2021
    6:00 pm – 8:30 pm ACST

    About this event

    The SA Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) invite you to the 2021 AIP/IPAS Physics Industry Night!

    Curious about Science and Physics? Wondering what careers can come from studying Physics? Not sure if you should choose to study Physics in year 11, year 12 or University?

    Hear from six local organisations and companies who hire Physics graduates. Listen to the experiences of experts in their field who have used their physics education to leap into exciting and rewarding careers.

    Stay around after the lecture for free pizza and a chance to meet our speakers from:

    Date: Tuesday 27 July 2021

    Lecture: 6:00PM - 7:00PM, The Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide

    Pizza and networking: 7:00PM - 8:30PM, Ingkarni Wardli Atrium, University of Adelaide

    All attendees must register individually with an Eventbrite ticket, including students, parents, and presenters.

    Due to covid limits in the lecture theatre we kindly request that students attending bring no more than one parent or guardian.

     AIP / IPAS Physics Industry Night image


    The Braggs Building

    Victoria Drive

    Adelaide, SA 5005

  • 1 Mar 2021 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    The Astronomical Society of South Australia has invited AIP members to a special General Meeting:

    The Astronomical Society of South Australia is hosting a special General Meeting starting at 8pm Wednesday 3rd of March 2021 featuring an in-person presentation by Prof. Lisa Kewley discussing galaxy formation research as well as equity & diversity initiatives. The ASSA will also be launching a new initiative to engage more women into the science of Astronomy through our Society.

    Eventbrite registration for free tickets:

    Facebook Page:

    Additional info:

  • 8 Feb 2021 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    Penrose, Singularities and Black Holes: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

    Details: 6:30 pm, Tuesday February 16th 2021
    The Braggs lecture theatre, Braggs building,
    University of Adelaide (North Terrace campus)

    Professor Susan Scott
    Australian National University

    In this talk we explore the 20th century story of black holes. Originally black holes were thought to be an undesirable artefact of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, but Penrose’s powerful singularity theorem of the 1960s turned that way of thinking on its head. As a result, we now believe our Universe to be full of black holes. As one of the greatest achievements in theoretical physics, Penrose’s breakthrough led to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2020. We will see how this Nobel Prize intimately connects with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the first direct detection of gravitational waves

    The Bronze Bragg medals and merit certificates will be presented at the lecture.

    The medals are awarded for highest achievement in Physics in 2020 in the SACE Stage 2 assessments and IB Higher Level Physics, with certificates being for students who achieved a merit or a grade of 7.

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seats are limited and bookings are essential through the Eventbrite link:

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