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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 5 | 3–7 February 2020


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is good to be back and I’d like to express my thanks for everyone who supported the School Community over a very raw start to this year.  I am very grateful to Professor Hoe Tan for acting so admirably in my absence. No one has been left unaffected and I know we are all conscious of the cumulative effect these events pose.  However people’s concerns manifest please be generous try and accommodate.

Over February the Associate Directors will be drafting Terms of Reference and marshalling the working parties for the implementation of the School Review.   The Event Horizon will have a new entry each week to give a running status of each working party.

Have a good week,



ARC Peer Review DP21

RSPhys internal peer-review of ARC DP21 grant applications will run this week, with the feedback given by COB Friday the 7th of February. Researchers who have opted in for the peer-review are reminded to submit their draft applications to Research Management Office and/or send them by email directly to Elena Ostrovskaya.



Congratulations to the NLPC team Kirill Koshelev, Liza Melik-Gaykazyan, Sergey Kruk, and Yuri Kivshar on publishing their research on subwavelength dielectric resonators for nonlinear nanophotonics in Science. The paper demonstrates that a nanoscale resonator hosting a special mode with a high quality factor (quasi-bound state in the continuum) can dramatically boost nonlinear effects.

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Important Information

Information and advice about the Coronavirus and the University's response.

Information for the ANU community in response to the Australian bushfires and Canberra hailstorm.


Physics Laboratory Workshop CANCELLED

Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, the upcoming February Physics Laboratory Workshop, in collaboration with Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), has been cancelled/postponed.  We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to tutors and staff who had set aside time to contribute to this workshop.

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Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2020

Applications are being sought for the Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2020. This prestigious award provides funding for RSPhys research students to undertake part of their research program overseas or make a collaborative visit to an overseas institution, for three to six months.

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ARC applications

Reminder to Researchers participating in ARC applications: Please notify the College Research Office (CRO) by email if you are involved in any ARC DP21 or LE21 (LIEF) applications, including externally-led proposals (if you haven’t notified us already).

LIEF 2021 is now open in RMS and further resources and information will be distributed to those who have emailed their notification of intent to apply.


Early Career Researcher Showcase

Tell us in 30 seconds and you could win a trip to Canberra to present your work at Collaborate Innovate 202025-27 May, the annual conference of the Cooperative Research Centres Association.

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Innovation ANU - Delegation to UK and Europe

Innovation ANU is planning a delegation to Cambridge, London and Paris in March for entrepreneurially minded PhD students and Post-Docs. 

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School Seminars

4 February
Mr Matthew Gerathy
Gamma-ray and electron spectroscopy with Solenogam
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7 February
Mr Alexander Ratcliffe
Optimising Ast Entangling Gates for Scalable Trapped Ion Quantum Computing
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Fume Hood checks and repairs

Firstly, do not enter those labs that are still closed. Many of our laboratories with fume hoods and extraction systems have now been opened but the hoods are not operational.  All but 2 of our 30 fume hoods are seriously damaged and cannot to be operated at the moment. 

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Windows 7 End of Life

The Windows 7 End of Life date has now passed. Machines running Windows 7 are no longer getting security or virus definition updates (Windows Security Essentials is no longer getting updates).

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ECI Open Day 17 Feb

The Energy Change Institute Open Day showcases the latest energy research from ANU and our collaborators and provides a platform for exchanging ideas for ANU researchers, industry, government agencies and other energy stakeholders.

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Physics South Orientation
Every Monday at 10:00am all new starters are invited to meet at reception to have a short tour of the School’s central areas and receive a welcome pack.

Bookings are not required.



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