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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 25 | 28 June–2 July 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

                                      <<STOP Press>> 

Today your Heads will be coordinating School plans for a potential shut-down. James is about to send out the provisional list of staff/student designation against the ANU Traffic Light access scheme. MakerSpace has info on wearing masks, details of how to make masks and a limited number of mask kits still available.

Welcome back. I just want to start the week with a huge “W-O-W”!! Everyone at the Liquid Instruments (LI) launch last week will know exactly what I mean. The LI team, led by Professor Daniel Shaddock (CGA), have achieved a new standard in the public presentation of translational research. Brilliant stuff! I'll post the promo video when it becomes available.

As a matter of urgency I will echo Professor Hoe Tan’s email from last week about the need to raise our collective voice around Federal funding for major research infrastructure. The 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap survey closes this Wednesday and I urge all students and staff who rely on major facilities to have your say. Thank you.

Very much related to the topic of Federal support for critical National infrastructure is the excellent news that the Heavy Ion Accelerator will receive $1.1M of Australian Space Agency funding to build a dedicated Space radiation testing beam line (Phil Dooley’s story). Above: Dr Joice Mathew, Professor Nanda Dasgupta, Dr Ian Carter, Dr Ed Simpson, ANU Institute for Space director Professor Anna Moore and Eduardo Trifoni at the Mount Stromlo testing site (Picture: Keegan Carroll, Canberra Times). This is fantastic support for a unique and vital facility, congratulations to the InSpace and Physics teams.

It’s been a great few months for research highlights and I wanted to spend a little time on the measurable impact of these events. My thanks to Dr Phil Dooley, who has been at the heart of many of our media announcements. Just remember to contact Phil well in advance of a publication so he has time to work with you on the press release or website story. As you will see, a little effort with Phil can greatly improve your impact.

* “Scientists lead ambitious study to reach infinity and beyond” (EH#22) reached a total potential audience in excess of 3.5 million people.

* “Alien radioactive element find prompts creation rethink” (EH#21) reached a total potential audience in excess of 5.8 million people.

The impact statistics are collected by Insentia, and reported to ANU media who pass the detailed breakdown to the researchers involved.

One last thing. In the first week of next semester we will hold a whole of School celebration to mark the transition to the new Departments. It is a chance to give our vote of thanks to the out-going Heads and to mark one of our most significant periods of change in past 75 years. 

Have a great week, and for those who can take some time off in the semester break have a relaxing time.



ANU Enterprise Training Sessions

ANU Enterprise are running some training sessions in the second half of the year that are primarily aimed at Academic staff looking at consultancy work and managing projects with industry and government. 'Read more' for more information or to register your interest to attend.

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Dust from Exploding Stars is Raining Down on Earth. I hunt it to learn how the elements were made...
It is all around us. Every day in our lives we are in contact with it. In fact, we are made from it: ancient stardust.

All the atoms around us have witnessed the most violent explosions in the universe. Their journeys through space are the longest, roughest and loneliest voyages imaginable.

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Prof Vince Craig who has volunteered to be the new 2nd year lab coordinator from Sem 1 2022. This coming semester Vince will work with the current 2nd year lab coordinator Dr Giovanni Guccione to ensure a smooth transition in 2022. Thank you to all who expressed an interest in this important role. Vince is keen to form a team to assist with the 2nd year labs so please do contact him if you would like to get involved.


Quo vadis, metasurfaces?

The team from Nonlinear Physics Center with collaborators from the National University of Singapore published an invited perspective article in Nano Letters overseeing the future developments in the field of optical metasurfaces and highlighting the recent progress in biomedical, computational, and quantum metasurfaces, and their integration with 2D materials. 

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Opportunity for PhD and Early Career scientists: Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS)

The ANU has been invited to participate in the milestone 10th anniversary edition of the prestigious Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) 2022 to be held online from 18 to 21 January 2022.

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National Graduate Innovation Forum (NGIF)

Are you a postgraduate research student in science or mathematics? Would you like an experience of industry research and industry research culture? 

The National Graduate Innovation Forum (NGIF) is an elite program running from mid-July to November offering four exciting challenge problems from four major industry partners. 

Each challenge problem will be addressed by a team of eight students meeting weekly with industry and academic mentors. 

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Exploring Learning and Teaching (ELT)

The ANU Centre for Learning and Teaching offers a range of short intensive courses to build and enhance your teaching practices. They are offering a suite of new programs in 2021, commencing with Exploring Learning and Teaching (ELT). ELT offers a hands-on experience that introduces you to important aspects of learning and teaching in the higher education context. This program is ideal for anyone who is new to teaching or looking to consolidate their teaching practice. Both face-to-face and online options available.

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Workshop for Physics HDR Students - “Raising Your Research Profile”

The workshop will focus on disseminating research and developing your profile as a serious researcher involves much more than simply writing about good research. This workshop will help you choose the right outlet for your work, navigate submission and peer review processes, and understand bibliometrics and open access options. It will also explore how to tell researchers about your work and turn your article or chapter into a blog post.

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3 Minute Thesis Competition

3MT: Three Minute Thesis (RSPhys round)

All Physics HDR students are invited to present their research in three minutes!

When: 10am on 1st July, 2021, Finkel Theatre

Register your interest by emailing

Prizes are on offer for the best presentation ($200, $100, $100).

All Physics candidates are also eligible to compete at the College level, regardless of their achievement at the School level.

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3MT: Three Minute Thesis (College final)

The College of Science and College of Health and Medicine are hosting a 3MT Final on Tuesday 20 July from 1pm-3pm.

The event will be held in the China in World Auditorium and will be followed by afternoon tea in the atrium.

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Oliphant Tea Room

The Oliphant tea room is open with tea bags & black coffee* only.

Please remember to bring your own cup & spoon.

*coffee grounds for garden use are available


Need to Schedule a Meeting with the Director?

For ANU Outlook users
Open a new invite for, and use Scheduling Assistant to propose a mutually convenient time and send.  

For all others
Please send an email request to 

Tim will reply to any meeting requests ASAP


Building and Room Security Access

Please note that the school now has a general access restriction of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.  

If you need to complete a new after-hours risk assessment, please see the new top section here:




Departmental seminars

Ms Disha Kapasi - 29 June
Technologies for future silicon-based interferometric gravitational wave detectors
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Know your administrator...

Sonia Padrun - Team Leader

Julie Arnold - EME & NLPC

Petra Rickman - NP/HIAF & ARC CDM

Belinda Barbour - DQS

Nikki Azzopardi - AM, CPF, LPC & TP


Know your School team...

Sue Berkeley -
Finance Team Leader

Goran Radovanovic -
Stores Services  

Hannah Phan - Purchasing/Finance Services 

Patrick Romero - Stores/Purchasing Services


Know your student admin...

Liudmila (Luda) Mangos -
Higher Degree Research admin
C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Mon-Fri 9.30-5pm)

Siobhan Ryman -
Physics Education Centre admin and HDR
1.05, Bldg 38A (Mon-Tues 8.30-4pm) ; C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Wed-Fri 8.30-4pm)


Prof Patrick Kluth -
Associate Director HDR

Prof Vince Craig -
HDR Convenor

Dr Vanessa Robins -
HDR Convenor

A/Prof Vladimir Mangazeev -
HDR Convenor


Westpac Research Fellowship

The Westpac Research Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity for the very best early-career researchers to apply for one of Australia’s most prestigious Fellowships, valued at over $400,000 over 3 years. Applications are now open, and close Wednesday 25 August 2021.

Please contact the RM team if you intend to apply for this opportunity at your earliest convenience.


The University is committed to supporting our staff to maintain their health and wellbeing during the upcoming influenza season and for this reason is ensuring that FREE flu vaccinations for staff are available again this year.

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Check In CBR App

All RSPhys meeting rooms and teaching spaces now have a QR Code located at their entrance. It is encouraged that everyone at RSPhys use the Check In CBR app when using these rooms, as this will enable the 1 person per 2m2 rule, and follow ACT Health guidelines for improved contact tracing.

It is mandatory for all RSPhys visitors to use the Check In CBR App to 'check in'. An additional check in point is located at RSPhys reception. If you require a QR code for your area, please contact

1.5m physical distance must still be followed in all scenarios


Registration and Abstract submission is now open for the 14th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves (Amaldi14).

If you have any questions please email


Physics @ ANU




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