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Invisible helium atoms provide exquisitely sensitive test of fundamental theory

Physicists at the Australian National University have developed the most sensitive method ever for measuring the potential energy of an atom (within a hundredth of a decillionth of a joule...

7 April 2022

How to make lasers simple or chaotic

New forms of highly efficient laser could be in the pipeline as a result of research that brings new detailed understanding of fundamental laser processes. Professor Nail Akhmediev...

29 March 2022

Academy of Science medals for Department of Material Physics

Two members of the Materials Physics Department have won prestigious medals in the 2022 Australian Academy of Science Honorific Awards. Director of the Research School of Physics,...

9 March 2022

Prestigious optics prize for Professor Yuri Kivshar

Professor Yuri Kivshar has been awarded a prestigious medal by Optica (formerly OSA), one of the top international optics and photonics bodies. The honour, the Max Born Award, recognizes...

4 March 2022

Irregular dynamics surprise scientists in exquisite nuclear measurements

New measurements of the incredibly fast movement of protons and neutrons whizzing back and forth in nuclear reactions have revealed surprisingly irregular behaviour.  The findings,...

15 February 2022

Supernovae, quantum puzzles, cancer therapy and space environment: Research at the ANU Heavy Ion Accelerator

This recent School Seminar provides a perfect summary of the research that’s currently happening at the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility (HIAF) – that big white tower by Lake...

3 February 2022

New space-testing accelerator beamline a 'beacon of hope'

As work on a new beamline for the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility (HIAF) blasts off, the project’s lead scientist Dr Ian Carter says its space testing capabilities will be a vital...

13 January 2022

Energy loss could be the surprise key to high efficiency

Scientists have observed complex electronic behaviour, known as topology, in a lossy system within a semiconductor. Despite the losses, such topological systems could be used to create...

12 January 2022

Exploring heavy element creation with data from the rubbish

New theoretical results about how nuclei break apart could help us to understand how elements on earth were created - for example when neutron stars collide - and could boost efforts...

9 December 2021

Moth balls thrust satellites into space

The chemical in moth balls, naphthalene, will be tested in space in a new satellite rocket propulsion system, Bogong, developed at The Australian National University (ANU). Scientists...

8 December 2021

Green hydrogen gets a boost from a thin layer of foil

A thin layer of metal foil could be the key to making green hydrogen production from solar energy a commercial reality. A team led by scientists at the ANU Research School of Physics...

1 December 2021

Nanotech pioneer to lead Science Academy

Leading nanotechnology and physics researcher, Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish, will be the next president of the Australian Academy of Science. He is the first Australian...

29 November 2021

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