Potential student research projects
The Research School of Physics performs research at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
By undertaking your own research project at ANU you could open up an exciting career in science.
Materials Science and Engineering
Of great recent interest is the subject of rotaxanes. Rotaxanes are molecules where one or more ring
components is threaded onto an axle that is capped on both ends with stoppers to prevent the rings from
falling off. These systems exhibit complex and fascinating physics.
Professor David Williams
Ideal strings have wave speeds that are identical for all frequencies. In real life, strings have some stiffness that makes higher frequency waves are faster. This means building and tuning some stringed instruments, like pianos, is very tricky. This project aims to accurately measure wave speeds on piano strings.
Dr Ben Buchler
This project evaluates data at the interface of nuclear, atomic and solid-state physics with a view to discovering new physics and providing reliable data on the magnetic moments of short-lived nuclear quantum states. It assists the International Atomic Energy Agency to provide reliable nuclear data for research and applications.
Professor Andrew Stuchbery, Mr Timothy Gray, Mr Ben Coombes, Mr Brendan McCormick
Explore the geometry and symmetries of surfaces and other mathematical objects and explore their relevance in physical, chemical and biological contexts.
Dr Vanessa Robins
The project aims at establishing the possibilities of high-energy electron scattering in the analysis of thin layers.
A/Prof Maarten Vos
Fusion energy promises millions of years of clean energy, but puts extreme stress on materials. This research will resolve scientific issues surrounding plasma-material interactions to guide and facilitate development of future advanced materials for fusion reactors.
Dr Cormac Corr, A/Prof Patrick Kluth, Dr Matt Thompson
New forms of materials can be made using extreme pressures via diamond anvil cells.
Prof Jodie Bradby
In this project, we will characterise actual device solar cell structures with electron microscopy techniques and seek to understand the microscopic effects behind the device performance and reliability
A/Prof Jennifer Wong-Leung