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MONTHLY BUZZ | Demystifying Quantum Technology

Quantum technologies are based on phenomena that can seem more like magic than science — spooky action at a distance, teleportation, cats both dead and alive, collapsing wavefunctions, and results that change when you look at them.

So, it may come as a surprise to know that quantum technology is here today, and those futuristic quantum devices are not so very far away.

Panelists:
Jacqui Romero – Senior Lecturer of Quantum Physics, University of Queensland

Andre Luiten – Managing Director, CryoClock & Director at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, University of Adelaide

Andrew White – Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

Shaun Wilson – Founder, Shoal Group

Meet an astronaut

Dr Epps video recording for the Claire Corani Memorial Lecture:

https://video.flinders.edu.au/events20/20/MeetAnAstronaut.cfm

Dr Jeanette Epps
Obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1992 from LeMoyne College in her hometown of Syracuse, New York. She completed a master’s degree in science in 1994 and a doctorate in aerospace engineering in 2000, both from the University of Maryland, College Park.
While earning her doctorate, Epps was a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project fellow, authoring several journal and conference articles on her research. After completing graduate school, she worked in a research laboratory for more than two years, co-authoring several patents, before the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruited her. She spent seven years as a CIA technical intelligence officer before her selection as a member of the 2009 astronaut class.

NASA Experience:
Dr. Epps was selected in July 2009 as one of 9 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. Her Astronaut Candidate Training included Russian Language training, spacewalk training (EVA), robotics, T‐38 jet training, geology and National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) training. After graduating Dr. Epps continued training by participating in NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation), geologic studies in Hawaii, and language immersion in Moscow as well as continued training in EVA, robotics and T‐38.

NASA has assigned astronaut Jeanette Epps to NASA’s Boeing Starliner-1 mission, the first operational crewed flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station.

Epps will join NASA astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada for a six-month expedition planned for a launch in 2021 to the orbiting space laboratory. The flight will follow NASA certification after a successful uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 and Crew Flight Test with astronauts.

Questions

  • How did you go from being a CIA agent to an Astronaut?
  • Do you think Space Tourism will be possible?
  • Do you think the Artemis program will fulfil its goal of sending humans back to the Moon by 2024?
  • I would like to know about the rigour and nature of the preparations for the travel to the moon in 2024 and the aims and expected duration of the mission; what is her current involvement in this?
  • Do you think feasible beyond the moon travel, will the SpaceX Mars program fulfill its goal of a manned flight to Mars in 2024?
  • Did she have an inspiration or a role model that she looked up to become an astronaut?
  • How on earth do you go from CIA to Astronaut?
  • What has been your biggest challenge in as an astronaut?
  • Are there any specific challenges for females in the industry that you work in?
  • Hypothetical: if you had contact with an off world species, is there a protocol for that and what is it… or is that not something that is considered. 
  • What is the likelihood of being hit by a small piece of space debris on a space walk?
  • Besides during your T-38 training, how often do you get to fly in the T-38?
  • What physical/survival training is required to be an astronaut?

3rd International Conference on Applied Physics and Mathematics

Applied Physics 2019 which is scheduled during July 29-30, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand addresses key issues that are the spine of technology and innovations impacting our lifestyle. There is an immense opportunity to learn and express views through interactive sessions, poster presentation, and abstract publishing. Scientists, Eminent Professionals, Scholars, Post Graduates, and young researchers will share their views and enhance knowledge on broad spectrums of Physics and Mathematics.

Asia’s toughest physics competition; understanding the foldable mobile phone, the first image of a black hole; and more physics in May

Join our election campaign to ‘solve it with science’. The AIP has signed up to Science and Technology Australia’s call for a science focus this election, alongside 100 other leaders from the science and technology sector. The call to action is in response to declines in research funding, falling business investment, freezes to government support of universities and insufficient STEM graduates to meet future demands. You can support the campaign by joining the conversation on Twitter at #SolveitwithScience or by writing to or meeting your local member or candidates. Read more on the STA website and in last month’s bulletin.

See Pegah Maasoumi in Queensland in August talking about the mystery of foldable mobile phones and next-gen apartment windows that can produce light. Congratulations and thank you Pegah, our 2019 John Mainstone Youth Lecturer and past Chair of our Women in Physics Group.

Our newly-elected Chair of the Women in Physics Group is nanotechnologist Victoria Coleman. Victoria has a strong interest in equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM and we’re delighted that she is taking on this role.

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the announcement of the Australian team for the Asian Physics Olympiad—eight teens who will compete against more than 200 of the region’s smartest kids in Asia’s toughest physics competition (pictured right). It’s the first time the Olympiad will be held in Australia. We wish Stephen, Benjamin, Min-Je, Alexander, Jessie, William, Simon and Rosemary the best of luck in May!

Like me, I’m sure physicists around the country were very excited about the first image of a black hole released in April by the Event Horizon Telescope team. Although there weren’t any Australians involved, the picture was the result of almost a decade of preparation and involved a global collaboration of researchers. It’s an example of the amazing, seemingly impossible things that can be achieved with collaboration. Read more about the announcement below, or for a quick recap take a look at this great comic produced by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).

Also this month: apply for the Women in STEM early career grant and paper writing retreat, take part in a survey for ECRs to help improve job satisfaction, read more physics-related jobs in the new Jobs Corner section and put yourself forward to be a presenter at Physics in the Pub in Canberra or Melbourne.

Kind regards,

Jodie Bradby
President, Australian Institute of Physics

Continue reading Asia’s toughest physics competition; understanding the foldable mobile phone, the first image of a black hole; and more physics in May

2nd International Conference on Laser, Optics and Photonics

“AAC welcome you to attend 2nd International Conference on Laser, Optics and Photonics during April 01-02, 2019 at Frankfurt, Germany. Laser Tech 2019 hits the floor of Frankfurt with the theme: Share the Vision to Shape the Future of Laser, Optics and Photonics. The premier conference for the latest developments including Semiconductor Lasers, Laser Medical technologies, Active Optical Sensing, Nonlinear Optical Technologies, Nano-Optics and Plasmonics, Quantum Photonics, Nanophotonics, Advanced Laser Processing. Attend the conference to mark your ideas before the esteemed personalities. Website Details: http://laser-tech.alliedacademies.com/
Please share the information to concerned people in the department.

Regards and Thanks,
Luna Emilia
Program Manager | Laser Tech 2019
Contact No: +44-203-769-1755
Mail id: lasertech@alliedconference.org”

International Conference on Laser, Optics and Photonics

“Dear Colleagues,
Allied academies welcome you to attend International Conference on Laser, Optics and Photonics during Aug 23-25, 2018 at Paris, France.
With the prime theme of “”Exploring the boundless escalation in Laser, Optics and Photonics”” International Conference and Expo on Laser, Optics and Photonics enables its participants to network with the best in field of Laser Technology and unwind their newest research trends. The focal point are Laser Systems, Fiber Laser Technology, Laser Safety, Surface Enhanced Spectroscopy,Optical Imaging and Sensing,Advancements in Photonics, Optics and Lasers in Medicine, Technologies in Lasers, Optics and Photonics, and more.
Website Details: http://laser-tech.alliedacademies.com/
Please share the information to concerned people in the department

Regards and Thanks,
Luna Emilia
Program Manager
Laser Tech 2018
Contact No: +44-203-769-1755
Mail id: lasertech@alliedconferences.org”

International Conference on Laser, Optics and Photonics

We are mirthful to announce that the International Conference on Laser, Optics and Photonics is scheduled to be held on Aug 23-25, 2018. Our venue for the auspicious day will hit the floor of city of light of the European Continent – Paris, France.
With the prime theme of “Exploring the boundless escalation in Laser, Optics and Photonics” International Conference and Expo on Laser, Optics and Photonics enables its participants to network with the best in field of Laser Technology and unwind their newest research trends. The focal point are Laser Systems, Fiber Laser Technology, Laser Safety, Surface Enhanced Spectroscopy,Optical Imaging and Sensing,Advancements in Photonics, Optics and Lasers in Medicine, Technologies in Lasers, Optics and Photonics, and more.

Laser-driven beams: the next generation of accelerator technology

Dr Ceri Brenner is continuing her Women in Physics Lecture tour and will be speaking at a lecture at The University of Queensland on 16 August 2018.

Dr Ceri Brenner is a physicist using the most powerful lasers in the world to develop innovative imaging technology for medical, nuclear and aerospace inspection. She has a unique role that spans research, innovation and business development and is driving the translation of laser-driven accelerator research into industrial applications that impact our society. In 2017 she was awarded the UK Institute of Physics’ Clifford-Paterson Medal and Prize for her significant early career contributions to the application of physics in an industrial context.

A graduate of Oxford University and PhD from University of Strathclyde, Ceri has established a unique position working in the UK’s Central Laser Facility, in which her passion for application-focused research works alongside pursuing fundamental understanding of extreme condition physics.

She is a highly experienced and popular science communicator and is a strong advocate of physics engagement to reach new audiences within the public, academia and industry. She especially enjoys inspiring the next generation into this exciting profession. Ceri is also an active member of the physics community with leading committee roles within the Institute of Physics and British Science Association.

Igniting stars with super intense lasers

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE
presented in conjunction with the
Women In Physics Group,
by the Australian Institute of Physics (SA branch) https://aip.org.au/category/sa/ Email: aip_branchsecretary_sa@aip.org.au

The Claire Corani Memorial Lecture
The South Australian lecture in the
2018 AIP Women in Physics Lecture Tour

at 6:30pm–7:40pm on Thursday 9th August 2018

in the Napier G04 Lecture Theatre
Napier Building, the University of Adelaide, North Terrace campus.

Abstract: When we press FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world,
we deliver a packet of light that is a thousand billion billion times more
intense than the sunlight you feel while out on Bondi beach in peak
summer! That’s super intense! We can use this extreme power to
recreate the conditions at the centre of Sun and in the process release
vast amounts of energy in a clean and safe way. Harnessing this power
for electricity generation is an inspiring story. It combines pure and
applied physics and requires engineering to handle the most extreme conditions in our solar system!

Biography: Ceri Brenner is a plasma physicist and innovator who uses the most powerful lasers in the world to study what happens when extreme bursts of light come into contact with matter and is using this knowledge to design new X-ray technology that can see through steel! The extreme physics she studies can also be applied for understanding supernova explosions in space or how we can ignite a star on earth for clean electricity generation.

The Claire Corani Memorial prizes, available for award to the top second-year female Physics student at each SA university in 2017, will be presented at the lecture.

AIP Women in Physics lecture – Macquarie University

Special Public AIP Lecture Event – at Macquarie University
“Innovation with the most powerful lasers in the world”

Each year the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) funds a national tour by an eminent female physicist. This year’s AIP Women in Physics lecturer will be Dr Ceri Brenner, an experimental physicist from the UK. Ceri’s AIP lecture in Sydney is in partnership with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University.

Ceri Brenner is a plasma physicist and innovator who uses the most powerful lasers in the world to study what happens when extreme bursts of light come into contact with matter and is using this knowledge to design new X-ray technology that can see through steel! The extreme physics she studies can also be applied for understanding supernova explosions in space or how we can ignite a star on earth for clean electricity generation.

When Ceri shines the CLF’s super-intense lasers at a solid, liquid or a gas, they super-heat to millions of degrees in less than a trillionth of a second and rip apart the material structure to transform into plasma—the fourth state of matter.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aip-women-in-physics-lecture-dr-ceri-brenner-tickets-47341985152
Enquiries phone: (02) 9850 8959