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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 38 | 21–25 September 2020


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It's always a joy to see clever design enable novel research.  The picture above shows 3D printed water cooled helicon antenna for the MAGPIE II plasma-material interaction facility. The antenna has been designed to use the 200kW RF transmitter, previously part of H1, to create steady state high density plasmas for modifying materials. Design and testing have been a team effort involving the talents of Steve Holgate, Michael Blacksell, Ross Tranter, Ka Po Tee and Cormac Corr. The inset image shows the nylon isolator in place, 3D printed in two complex interlinking parts to maximise electrical insulation.

Thank you to everyone who made submissions to the Research Working Party consultation.  The panel are working to respond to the submissions and have passed on comments to the other Working Parties were there is overlapping interest.  The Education Working Party have just released their consultation paper for comment. I encourage you to take a look, your feedback will help shape how Physics delivers on our education mission in 2021.

Voting for the images to go into the College of Science calendar concludes this week.  Click the link to vote for your favourite image from Physics, and the other Schools.  There are some gorgeous images.

Josephine Ivanic and Huma Latif (right) enjoyed one of the building tours a few weeks back.  I will start taking tours around this exciting project again over the next few.  If you would like to join a tour, please contact Sue Wigley.

Have a good week,



Education Working Party | Draft Recommendations

The Research School of Physics is responsible for delivering physics education at ANU. It specialises in having a rich, research-led curriculum that encourages students to apply their knowledge. In 2019, the school underwent an external review, which also examined the education program.  Read more to see the objectives and recommendations now available for feedback.

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Movie Club

Building on our look at Black Lives Matter, SBS is screening Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky - Presenter, co-writer and slam poet Steven Oliver takes the audience on an incredible and scenic journey across Australia from the cliffs of Kurnell to the Torres Strait. As he travels the land interrogating Cook’s legacy, he poses the question - in 2020, does Australia have a blurred history of Cook?

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John Carver Seminar Series

Thurs, 24th Sept 2020
@ 10:00 am via zoom

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September Events

23 September
Mr Matthias Wurdack
Towards polariton condensation in atomically-thin semiconductors
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24 September
Public forum: Australia, the global renewable energy pathfinder
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If you would like to join Tim on a building site tour please email to join a wait list.


Help us find our winning Science, Health and Medicine photos!

Submissions have closed, and shortlisting completed. Now we need your help to pick our winners!

Vote now for your favourite images in each category for the College of Science, and College of Health and Medicine 2021 calendar. Voting closes 24 September and winners will be announced on Friday 25 September.


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As you see it Competion - last chance to vote



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