Physics news archive

07
Aug
2019

ANU Physics students attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in physics

By Janet Zhong and Tim Hume From the 30th of June to the 6th of July, we attended the 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in physics. It was a meeting that invited 39 Nobel laureates in physics...
03
May
2019

Ancient star-crash detection ushers new dawn for space discovery

An international team of scientists, including from The Australian National University (ANU), have detected two stars colliding in space about 500 million years ago. The discovery comes just...
26
Apr
2019

New silicon promises sunnier days for solar tech

An international research team led by The Australian National University (ANU) has made a new type of silicon that better uses sunlight and promises to cut the cost of solar technology. The...
14
Mar
2019

ANU research set to shake-up space missions

A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has found a number of 2D materials can not only withstand being sent into space, but potentially thrive in the harsh conditions. It...
24
Jan
2019

Liquid Instruments secures $11m international investment

Canberra-born technology company Liquid Instruments has this week announced more than $11 million (US$8.16M) has been invested in their growing business. Liquid Instruments was started by a team...
11
Jan
2019

A step closer to a data superhighway for future internet

An international team of researchers led by ANU is helping to build a safe data superhighway for the highly anticipated quantum internet, which promises a new era of artificial intelligence and ultra-secure...
14
Dec
2018

Invention promises airport security screening without queues

A research team led by The Australian National University (ANU) has invented a device that could be developed into ultra-sensitive cameras for security screening that would not require people...
04
Dec
2018

Scientists detect biggest known black-hole collision

An international team of scientists have detected ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the biggest known black-hole collision that formed a new black hole about 80 times...
30
Nov
2018

Study could lead to safer and cheaper 3D medical imaging

A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has discovered a promising way to significantly lower doses of X-rays that has the potential to revolutionise 3D medical imaging and make...
22
Oct
2018

AI changing the way ANU scientists carry out experiments

There’s plenty of speculation about what artificial intelligence, or AI, will look like in the future, but researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) are already harnessing...
27
Sep
2018

Hunter-killer satellite: new weapon in battle against space junk

It may sound futuristic, but researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) and Tohoku University in Japan have found a new way of dealing with space junk – and it involves a new type...
19
Sep
2018

Tiny camera lens may help link quantum computers to network

An international team of researchers led by The Australian National University (ANU) has invented a tiny camera lens, which may lead to a device that links quantum computers to an optical fibre...
15
Aug
2018

ANU invention could help turbo-charge internet speeds

RSPE scientists have invented a new ultra-thin device that can turn invisible light into the visible and change the colour of light, with the potential to be used to help turbo-charge internet...
10
Aug
2018

RSPE physicist named ACT Scientist of the Year

The secure networks, artificial intelligence and new drugs of the future could all find their origins in a crystal, according to research by the 2018 ACT Scientist of the Year Dr Rose Ahlefeldt...
25
Jun
2018

ANU Physics Project Market Day

Over 60 ANU physics academics will present posters detailing their research with more than 100 student projects at all levels on offer including: Undergraduate: Summer scholarships 3rd...
22
Jun
2018

Discovery may help find new ways to innovate with light

The Australian National University (ANU) has contributed to a ground-breaking discovery that promises to help revolutionise the science behind the next generation of light-harvesting technologies,...
20
Jun
2018

Invention could help to crack down on illegal drug trade

A research team involving The Australian National University (ANU) has invented a system that can detect chemicals in miniscule quantities and could be developed into a portable drug-testing...
07
Jun
2018

Jointly developed sensors open the door to a wearable medical diagnostic device

Scientists from The ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering and The ANU Research School of Engineering have designed tiny optical sensors that open the door to developing a wearable device...
23
May
2018

New satellites with ANU laser technology launched into space

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have helped design new satellite instruments that are part of a joint NASA and German mission launched into space today to study changes...
22
May
2018

Three Minute Thesis - Jacob Ross

In August 2017 several members of the Research School of Physics and Engineering represented the School at the Joint Colleges of Science 3MT final, where they were challenged to present their...
04
May
2018

Three Minute Thesis - Haitao Chen

In August 2017 several members of the Research School of Physics and Engineering represented the School at the Joint Colleges of Science 3MT final, where they were challenged to present their...
30
Apr
2018

RSPE student wins Melbourne semi-finals of FameLab

An ANU PhD physics student who is studying the impact of disease on the cell walls of plants has won the 2018 FameLab regional semi-finals in Melbourne. Toby Hendy will head to the national...
18
Apr
2018

Crystal-clear future for quantum computing

It’s been predicted that by 2040, we will not have the capability to power all of the world’s computers. This is why the effort to build a quantum computer—which overcomes the limitations...
20
Mar
2018

Scientists detect electrons outside of their regular orbits

A research team including The Australian National University (ANU) has detected electrons outside of their regular orbits, a phenomenon that could be harnessed to develop next-generation electronics...
13
Mar
2018

Three Minute Thesis - Bryce Henson

In August 2017 several members of the Research School of Physics and Engineering represented the School at the Joint Colleges of Science 3MT final, where they were challenged to present their...
01
Mar
2018

Three Minute Thesis - Yi Zhu

In August 2017 several members of the Research School of Physics and Engineering represented the School at the Joint Colleges of Science 3MT final, where they were challenged to present their...
20
Feb
2018

Three Minute Thesis - Mitchell deVries

In August 2017 several members of the Research School of Physics and Engineering represented the School at the Joint Colleges of Science 3MT final, where they were challenged to present their...
16
Feb
2018

Gravitational wave leader wins Boas medal

Professor David McClelland has been awarded the prestigious Boas medal, by the Australian Institute of Physics, "for key contributions to one of the greatest achievements in the history of physics – the...
07
Feb
2018

Research will help scientists understand how stars create elements

New research involving The Australian National University (ANU) has, for the first time, demonstrated a long-theorised nuclear effect, in a feat that will help scientists understand how stars...
02
Feb
2018

New technology can help scientists peer into deep space

A team of Australian scientists, including researchers from The Australian National University (ANU), have found a new way to use the telecommunications network to synchronise radio telescopes,...
18
Jan
2018

Buckingham Palace built with mineralised microbes from the Jurassic

A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found that the building blocks of Buckingham Palace in London and many other iconic...
21
Dec
2017

ANU launches virtual tour of lab searching for traces of exploded stars

The Australian National University (ANU) has launched an online virtual tour of its Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility, which is searching for traces of exploded stars, known as supernovae, in the ocean. ANU...
19
Dec
2017

Award for cultural change as makerspace gets students thinking like a physicist

Dr John Debs from the Physics Education Centre has won a 2017 Australian Award for University Teaching, announced by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham. Dr...
27
Nov
2017

ANU to host library of beautiful, useful patterns

ANU is set to host a new virtual library of beautiful intricate patterns, which are unlocking secrets of chemical structures and triggering a revolution in new technology. The intricate regular...
07
Nov
2017

CT Lab scans challenge theories of ancient glass making

Scans from the CTLab in RSPE are challenging centuries-old theories on how ancient Roman cameo glass was made and suggest the British Museum's most famous Roman glasswork is wrongly classified. The...
25
Oct
2017

Australian of the year trophy designed with makerspace skills

RSPE’s ANU Makerspace has played a key role in designing and producing the newly unveiled Australian of the Year trophies.  Design sketches from the School of Art were digitised at the Makerspace,...
18
Oct
2017

Nanowires the key to safer scans

New miniature sensors developed at ANU could be the key to future safer medical imaging and security scans. A team of physicists that developed a detector for terahertz radiation made from nanowires...
17
Oct
2017

Gravitational waves detected for first time from two stars colliding

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and around the world have detected for the first time ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the collision of two very...
05
Oct
2017

Gravitational wave team earns Nobel Prize

Congratulations to the Department of Quantum Sciences for their part in the detection of gravitational waves for the first time, which has earned the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. Barry Barish,...
12
Sep
2017

Quantum internet a step closer with data storage breakthrough

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a new way to store quantum data long enough to share the information around a next-generation internet which promises to be impervious...
16
Aug
2017

400 million year old fish fossil reveals jaw structure linked to humans

A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) on a 400 million year old fish fossil has found a jaw structure that is part of the evolutionary lineage linked to humans.The fossil...
21
Jul
2017

Realising Feynman's quantum computing dreams

Jacob Ross is taking up the mantle of Richard Feynman in his PhD, trying to develop a quantum simulator, using ultracold gases called Bose-Einstein condensates. "Feynman's idea was to build...
20
Jul
2017

Nano device promises ultra-fast graphics on gaming consoles

An international team of scientists led by The Australian National University (ANU) has designed a new nano device that promises ultra-fast rendering of high-definition graphics on gaming consoles. Senior...
14
Jul
2017

Travelling the world in search of diamonds

Tom Shiell has the travel bug – during his PhD he's made good use of the international connections that ANU has. During his two and a half years of study, he's spent close to a year at labs...
05
Jul
2017

The positive attractions of positrons

The combination of antimatter and Canberra sold Tamara Babij on her PhD project. Her honours year at Flinders University in Adelaide included six months working in the positron lab at ANU Physics,...
04
Jul
2017

ANU invention may help to protect astronauts from radiation in space

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have designed a new nano material that can reflect or transmit light on demand with temperature control, opening the door to technology...
28
Jun
2017

Exciting nuclei with strange shapes

As a kid growing up in New Zealand, Jackson Dowie was fascinated by nuclear physics, like his Kiwi predecessor Ernest Rutherford. "I'd heard that ANU was the best place in the southern hemisphere...
22
Jun
2017

Materials student strikes gold

For her PhD project Wenjie Yang has asked her supervisor for a lot of gold. It's not for bling; she wants to embed it into silicon as part of the quest to make it a better absorber of light,...
14
Jun
2017

Myanmar trip an enriching experience for physics academic

An ANU nuclear physics academic is hoping his recent trip to the University of Yangon in Myanmar is just the start of a meaningful collaboration that will see ANU help to grow Myanmar's research...
08
Jun
2017

Bright Future for Physics Fellows

Two physicists at RSPE have won ARC Future Fellowships, for researching quantum communication for satellites, and nonlinear nanotechnology. Dr Chunle Xiong from Quantum Sciences will use his fellowship...
05
Jun
2017

Meet the man behind LIGO

When Director of LIGO David Reitze visited ANU to give a seminar, he found time to chat about the his wild ride since the discovery of gravitational waves. Hear how LIGO was tested with...
02
Jun
2017

Third gravitational wave detection offers new insight into black holes

An international team of researchers has made a third detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time, in a discovery that provides new insights into the mysterious nature of black...
19
May
2017

Multi-disciplinary collaboration builds a brain on a chip

ANU researchers have developed a suitable material to allow brain cells to grow and form predictable circuits, which could lead to the development of prosthetics for the brain. The research...
18
May
2017

Prestigious fellowship to solve burning issues in fusion energy.

An Australian physicist has been enlisted into an international network of scientists working to build a sustainable future with fusion energy. Associate Professor Matthew Hole of RSPE has been...
15
May
2017

Scientists find a way to pack grains and drugs most efficiently

Scientists have discovered a way to solve a problem that has baffled humans for so long it is mentioned in the Bible: achieving the most efficient packing of objects such as grains and pharmaceutical...
09
May
2017

Final Australian plasma in H1

ANU is poised to provide China with its first Stellarator device, which enables experimental research on magnetically confined plasma that is vital for developing fusion energy. It's part of a transition...
19
Apr
2017

Australian-built satellites launched into space

The first satellites built in Australia in the past 15 years have been launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida to the International Space Station, where they will be deployed into space. The...
12
Apr
2017

RSPE to work with Chinese scientists on fusion energy

The ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering will work with the University of South China (USC) on fusion energy research, with the prospect of Australia providing China with its first...
10
Apr
2017

Developing leaders against the backdrop of Antarctica

The trip of a lifetime will be just one part of an inspiring journey for Professor Susan Scott, as she takes part in the Homeward Bound, an international leadership, strategic and science initiative...
08
Mar
2017

Physicists design a device inspired by sonic screwdriver

Physicists have designed a handheld device inspired by the sonic screwdriver in Doctor Who and the tricorder in Star Trek that will use the power of MRI and mass spectrometry...
17
Feb
2017

Research opens door to smaller, cheaper, more agile communications tech

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) on the use of magnets to steer light has opened the door to new communications systems which could be smaller, cheaper and more agile...
10
Feb
2017

ANU scientists make new high-tech liquid materials

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have controlled wave-generated currents to make previously unimaginable liquid materials for new technological innovations, including techniques...
02
Feb
2017

ANU team join quest for MRI revolution

ANU physicists are set to play a prominent role in a revolution in medical scanning. A team from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering has been invited to join a major European...
24
Jan
2017

Sci-Fi Holograms a Step Closer With ANU Invention

ANU physicists have invented a tiny device that creates the highest quality holographic images ever achieved, opening the door to imaging technologies seen in science fiction movies such as Star...
12
Jan
2017

Indian Academy honours ANU Physicist

Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of the Sciences, one of only two in 2017. Professor Jagadish has had a successful career...
12
Dec
2016

New diamond harder than ring bling

The Australian National University (ANU) has led an international project to make a diamond that’s predicted to be harder than a jeweller’s diamond and useful for cutting through...
08
Dec
2016

ANU invention to inspire new night-vision specs

ANU scientists have designed a nano crystal around 500 times smaller than a human hair that turns darkness into visible light and can be used to create light-weight night-vision glasses. Professor...
06
Dec
2016

New telescope chip offers clear view of alien planets

Scientists have developed a new optical chip for a telescope that enables astronomers to have a clear view of alien planets that may support life. Seeing a planet outside the solar system which...
01
Dec
2016

ANU demonstrates 'ghost imaging' with atoms

A team of physicists at ANU have used a technique known as 'ghost imaging' to create an image of an object from atoms that never interact with it. This is the first time that ghost imaging...
25
Nov
2016

Boost for ANU space and quantum technology

The Australian National University (ANU) has welcomed ACT Government funding to bolster high-technology quantum communications for the space industry. ACT Minister for Higher Education, Training...
17
Nov
2016

Twisted light record boosts secure communication

Optical communications could be enhanced by controlling the amount of twist in the light, allowing you to send more information with fewer photons. Scientists from Australia, Austria and Canada...
07
Nov
2016

$5M CTLab upgrade to help with carbon storage research

An X-ray microscopy laboratory at The Australian National University (ANU) was officially opened on Monday following a $5 million upgrade to help store carbon dioxide underground. Minister for Education...
27
Oct
2016

Dunbar Physics Honours Scholarship applications are now open

The Dunbar Physics Honours Scholarship applications are now open until 30 November 2016. The Dunbar Physics Honours Scholarship is the difference between being lectured about physics and receiving...
27
Sep
2016

Quantum computing a step closer to reality

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have brought quantum computing a step closer to reality by stopping light in a new experiment. Lead researcher Jesse Everett said controlling...
21
Sep
2016

ANU Giving Day - Let’s make Konzo disappear

Wednesday 21 September 2016 This year the ANU Giving Day will raise funds to help eradicate Konzo. Konzo is a neurological disease that causes irreversible paralysis of the legs, often...
04
Jul
2016

A little impurity makes nanolasers shine

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have improved the performance of tiny lasers by adding impurities, in a discovery which will be central to the development of low-cost biomedical...
16
Jun
2016

Gravitational waves detected for second time

Scientists have detected gravitational waves for a second time, caused by the collision of two black holes 14 and eight times the size of the sun. The team, including scientists from The Australian...
05
May
2016

Gravitational Wave team shares in major physics Prizes

ANU physicists who worked on the first detection of gravitational waves are among the team that has won two prestigious physics prizes, the $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental...
26
Apr
2016

Nanomaterial to drive new generation of solar cells

Physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial, opening new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic cells that could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn...
18
Apr
2016

Micro-Satellite workshop at held at ANU

Last week Professor Christine Charles hosted the first Australian-Japanese workshop on making micro-satellites with the view to exploring Pocket Rocket activities, as well as CubeSat and Ground...
08
Apr
2016

Iron-60 used to detect nearby supernovas

An international team of scientists has found evidence of a series of massive supernova explosions near our solar system, which showered the Earth with radioactive debris. The scientists found...
07
Mar
2016

Hundred million degree fluid key to fusion

Zhisong Qu, Mathew Hole and Michael Fitzgerald of the Plasma Theory and Modelling group have solved a puzzle of why their million-degree heating beams sometimes fail, and instead destabilise...
12
Feb
2016

Gravitational Waves Detected: Einstein Proven Right

Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) including a team from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering have announced the world first detection...
27
Jan
2016

Professor Jagadish recieves top Australia Day honour

Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish has been awarded Australia's highest honour for his service to physics and engineering, leading a string of ANU academics recognised in the 2016 Australia...
10
Dec
2015

New ANU endowment for developing-world scientists

Distinguished physics Professor Chennupati Jagadish and his wife Vidya have kickstarted a new endowment fund to bring science students and academics from the developing world to study and do research...
24
Nov
2015

QuintessenceLabs wins global award

A high-technology company started by physicists from The Research School of Physics and Engineering has won a major international award for its quantum cyber-security technology. QuintessenceLabs...
19
Nov
2015

Liquid Instruments wins national innovation awards

Liquid Instruments recently won four awards in the 2015 Tech23 Australian innovation awards. Daniel Shaddock impressed the audience with his engaging presentation taking away the Tech23...
20
Oct
2015

New link with the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

A new Memorandum of Understanding on research collaboration was signed in September 2015 between the Plasma Research Laboratory (home to the APFRF) and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics....
09
Sep
2015

PRL research featured in International Innovation

A team from the Plasma Research Laboratory at the Australian National University has developed new optical instruments for studying plasma behaviour. The so-called coherence-imaging systems are advancing...
19
Aug
2015

Rising-star graduates from RSPE

It is possible to create a star on earth with a nuclear fusion device, with the H1-Heliac at the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering doing just this. The research school...
12
Jun
2015

The 2015 Stjepan Marcelja Fellowships

The Department of of Applied Mathematics is delighted to announce the first recipients of the 2015 Marcelja Fellowships. The Marcelja Fellowship, named in honour of Stjepan Marcelja, provides...
08
May
2015

Test cricket Brad Haddin helps ANU bat researchers

Scientists from the ANU have sought the advice of Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for their high-technology research into cricket bats. ANU physicists are for the first time studying English...
07
May
2015

Fusion energy boost for high-tech Australia

The world's largest fusion energy experiment, ITER, has turned to Australian physicists to supply a crucial imaging system for the multi-billion-euro experiment. Engaging with ITER is a great...
24
Apr
2015

ANZAC Day image fabricated by Focused Ion Beam

The ANZAC pattern was fabricated by using Focused Ion Bean (FIB) system at the Australian National Fabrication Facility by Dr Evgeny Mironov a recently graduated visiting PhD student from ADFA,...
05
Mar
2015

School seminar Dates 2015

Date Department speaker 19 March AMPL 16 April AM 21 May NP 18 June EME 16 July Laser 20 August NLPC 17...
09
Jan
2015

Physics student wins top ANU student prize

“I was not the brightest in the physics class,” says Tillyard Prize winner Lachlan McGinness, who has been conferred with his Bachelor of Science with honours. “But...
09
Jan
2015

Quantum hard drive breakthrough

Physicists developing a prototype quantum hard drive have improved storage time by a factor of more than 100. The team’s record storage time of six hours is a major step towards...
14
Nov
2014

A gift of Love to ANU

After a long career of teaching and research, Emeritus Professor John Love believes it is now time to give some more. Professor Love is donating $1 million to the ANU to fund a new scholarship...
22
Oct
2014

Long-distance reversible laser tractor beam created

Laser physicists have built a tractor beam that can repel and attract objects, using a hollow laser beam that is bright around the edges and dark in its centre. It is the first long-distance...
11
Aug
2014

Physicists create water tractor beam

Physicists at The Australian National University have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain...
11
Jul
2014

Launch of the H-1 facility upgrade

The Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF) held a successful launch of the H-1 facility upgrade yesterday in coordination with the launch of the strategic plan for fusion science. Senator...
24
Jun
2014

ANU Physics Project Market Day - Travel Scholarships available NOW

ANU Physics Project Market Day - Travel Scholarships available NOW This year are offering travel scholarships to students interested in doing a Physics Project at ANU (i.e. Honours, Masters...
06
May
2014

Launch of the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility Endowment Fund

The Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility Endowment Fund, created to give new opportunities to accelerator staff and students, will be launched by the VC Professor Ian Young on Wednesday 7 May at the Department...
27
Feb
2014

School meetings for 2014

School Planning DayFriday 11 April Founder's DayFriday 17 October School Forum Friday 7 March Friday 6 June Friday 5 September Friday 5 December Heads of Departments meetings Friday...
17
Jan
2014

School Seminar dates for 2014

The School Seminar series will be held at 4:00pm on the third Thursday of the month, March-November. The dates are: 4:00pm Thursday 20 March 4:00pm Thursday 17 April 4:00pm Thursday 15 May 4:00pm...
15
Jan
2014

Director's Colloquium dates for 2014

The Director's Colloquia will be held in the Leonard Huxley Theatre at the following times in 2014: 12:00 Wednesday 5 March. Professor Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW. 12:00 Thursday 10 April, Professor...
18
Nov
2013

Tiny laser breakthrough by ANU researchers shines light on faster computers

Faster, smaller electronics are one step closer with researchers from The Australian National University successfully making the first room temperature lasers from gallium arsenide nanowires. “The...
06
Nov
2013

Laser tripod for better levitation

Physicists from The Australian National University have shown that three lasers are better than one when it comes to levitating small but visible objects on light, designing an extremely precise...
15
Oct
2013

Applications for the Dunbar physics honours scholarships 2014 are now open

Applications are open for the Dunbar Physics Honours scholarships 2014 – to find out more about the Dunbar Physics Honours scholarship and to submit an application, please visit the Dunbar...
22
Aug
2013

Industry partnership towards cancer treatment

A Sirtex Professorial Chair position at the School was launched by the VC on Wednesday 21 August 2013. Sirtex Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based pharmaceutical company whom Department of Applied Mathematics...
22
Aug
2013

Untraceable

ANU researchers have created a crack-proof encryption system that’s got the nod from NASA. TEGAN DOLSTRA reports. Your bank account details and medical records might be safe from prying...
22
Aug
2013

The devil in the detail

Long, spiny legs and alien-like armour sound like the stuff of science fiction, but our terrestrial neighbours can look out of this world if you look up close. ANU School of Art PhD student,...
24
Jul
2013

Royal Medal for remarkable mathematician

Emeritus Professor Rodney Baxter has been awarded the Royal Society’s Royal Medal for his breakthrough work in mathematics. Professor Baxter, who retired in 2003 after almost 35 years...
24
Jun
2013

Searching for objects in turbulent seas

Imagine an object was dropped in the stormy sea. It may be a life raft, a person overboard or a black box from an aircraft. One needs to find it, or at least predict where to search for it. Even...
12
Feb
2013

2013 dates for School Seminar Series

RSPE School Seminars will be held at 4:00pm on the third Thursday of the month March through to November in the Leonard Huxley Theatre. Thursday 28 March. Dr Bianca Haberl, EME. Chair: Drew...
04
Dec
2012

2013 dates for Director's Colloquium

Leonard Huxley TheatreFollowing Thursdays at 12:00 Refreshments from 11:30am in the RSPE tearoom 7 March Professor Keith Nugent, University of Melbourne - The Laser Revolution in X-ray Physics:...
27
Sep
2012

Dr William (‘Bill’) Stewart Woolcock 1934-2012

Bill was born in Brisbane on 14 April 1934 and died in Canberra on 16 September 2012. He graduated BSc from the University of Queensland before obtaining a postgraduate place at Clare College...
06
Sep
2012

Dr Kailash Kumar 1933-2012

Kailash Kumar was born in Uttar Pradash, India, on 24 November 1933 and died in Sydney on 30 August 2012. He graduated BSc from Agra University and MSc from Allahabad University before obtaining...
30
Aug
2012

Dunbar physics honours scholarship

up to $25,000 package including accommodation assistance mentoring and networking program diverse research options largest physics program in Australia travel grants to discuss interests open...
29
Aug
2012

ANU wins Eureka Prize for Commercialisation of Innovation

The ANU collaboration with UNSW and Digitalcore have been awarded the 2012 Rio Tinto Eureka Prize for Commercialisation of Innovation. The prize is part of the most comprehensive and prestigious...
15
Aug
2012

ANU Physics - Australia's highest scorer subject worldwide

The Australian today released some interesting statistics on University performance and rankings.  Both the front page and in the Higher Education Supplement, the high ranking of Australian...
13
Aug
2012

Canon Information Systems Research Australia (CiSRA) Prize 2012

An award will be presented, on Founder’s Day (12 October 2012), to a student who is author (or joint author) of a research paper seen by the Selection Panel as making a substantial and original...
02
Jul
2012

Physics student wins prize for the best PhD project

Congratulations go to Sean Hodgman who is the recipient of the 2011 J.G. Crawford prize for the best science graduate student. The ANU J.G Crawford prize is awarded each year to the most...
15
Jun
2012

Lasers replicate extreme weather events

Studies in the laboratory involving pulsing lasers could lead to a warning system that will alert ships to the imminent approach of a devastating freak wave. The research led by Professor Nail...
21
May
2012

Quantum computer leap

The main technical difficulty in building a quantum computer could soon be the thing that makes it possible to build one, according to new research from The Australian National University. Dr...
24
Apr
2012

Sounds of silence proving a hit

Researchers at The Australian National University have developed the fastest random number generator in the world by listening to the ‘sounds of silence’. The researchers –...
05
Apr
2012

Lego pirate proves, survives, super rogue wave

Scientists have used a Lego pirate floating in a fish tank to demonstrate for the first time that so-called ‘super rogue waves’ can come from nowhere in apparently calm seas and engulf...
26
Mar
2012

3D printing in Canberra, Canberra Times article

Professor Tim Sendon talks to the Canberra Times about Applied Math's 3D printer. Read the article and watch the video on the Canberra Times website.
14
Dec
2011

2012 dates - Director's Colloquium

Leonard Huxley TheatreFollowing Thursdays at 12.30 Refreshments @ noon in the tea room 1 March - Prof Geoffrey Taylor, University of Melbourne 5 April - Prof Will Steffen, Climate Change...
14
Dec
2011

2012 dates - School Seminars

2012 SPEAKERS Leonard Huxley Theatre Following Thursdays at 4pm   Speakers from RSPE Departments    22 March - Dr Dinesh Venkatachalam, EME   (Chair, Drew Parsons) Memories...
18
Nov
2011

More great ARC results for the school

Congratulations to our six successful ARC Future Fellows Duk-Yong Choi, Lan Fu, Andrey Miroshnichenko, Elena Ostrovskaya, Matt Sellars and Hoe Tan. And to our two DECRA award winners Hua Xia and Zhiyong...
03
Nov
2011

From little things big things grow

Australia’s first processing unit offering world-class facilities in the field of photonics has been opened at The Australian National University by Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr. The...
19
Aug
2011

ANU Tall Poppies the pick of the bunch

Three ANU researchers have won 2011 ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. Dr Cormac Corr, Dr Gonzalo Estillo and Dr Liana Leach were named at a ceremony held on 17 August. Dr Corr from the Research...
01
Jul
2011

Revolutionary ANU ‘plasma thruster’ set for blast off

ANU has won a $3.1 million grant from the Federal Government to help propel Australian satellite technology and exploratory missions into the furthest reaches of deep space. The University...
22
Jun
2011

Nanotechnology pushes battery life to eternity

A simple tap from your finger may be enough to charge your portable device thanks to a discovery made at RMIT University and ANU. Dr Simon Ruffell from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering...
21
Jun
2011

Revolutionary ANU ‘plasma thruster’ set for blast off

ANU has won a $3.1 million grant from the Federal Government to help propel Australian satellite technology and exploratory missions into the furthest reaches of deep space. The University...
02
May
2011

Scientists make quantum breakthrough

Scientists from The Australian National University have demonstrated for the first time that atoms can be guided in a laser beam and possess the same properties as light guided in an optical...
09
Mar
2011

Physics of pruney fingers revealed

An exploration of mathematical shapes could explain why skin gets wrinkled after too much time in the tub. Understanding the geometry of wrinkly skin could help design new materials that can stretch...
28
Feb
2011

ANU scientists show atoms act like lasers

Scientists from The Australian National University have developed an atom laser that behaves exactly like a light laser, opening up new possibilities in things like holograms. The research...
19
Nov
2010

Congratulations for recent staff awards and ARC Future Fellowships

ANU Staff Excellence Awards The ANU Staff Excellence Award Ceremony was held at the Great Hall this Tuesday with the following RSPE staff members receiving awards: Drs Adrian Ankiewicz &...
26
Oct
2010

ANU congratulates ARC major grant winners

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb has congratulated all Australian Research Council (ARC) Major Grants recipients – especially those connected to the 105 ANU research projects announced...
25
Oct
2010

Audio Recording - Public Lecture: Tunes in time

How physics can contribute to the study of fossils and music Friday, October 15 2010 Professor Tim Senden & Professor Neville Fletcher An audio recording of the talks is now available...
22
Sep
2010

'Dance Your Ph.D.' Finalists Announced

The dreaded question. "So, what's your Ph.D. research about?" You could bore them with an explanation. Or you could dance. That's the idea behind "Dance Your Ph.D." Over the past 3 years, scientists...
09
Sep
2010

Tractor beam one step closer to reality

Researchers from The Australian National University have developed the ability to move particles over large distances, using a specially designed laser beam. Professor Andrei Rode’s...

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