[ASC-list] [NSW] Reminder: TWO public talks - Aurora and Nobel Prize

Lara Davis lara_davis4 at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 4 08:16:15 UTC 2008

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is hosting two FREE public talks in August. The first is on the Aurora, and the second is on the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2007. Both talks include live demonstrations by animated presenters. Please RSVP to the address below if you would like to attend.



The Aurora: Nature’s Lightshow in the Sky

Professor Craig Kletzing
University of Sydney International Visiting Research Fellow, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa, USA

The aurora has been a source of wonder for humanitysince the earliest times. This natural phenomenon of dancing patterns of light and color continues to intrigue space scientists the world over. The fundamental power source for the Aurora is the sun’s solar wind, which interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field beyond the atmosphere to energise particles and create the light that we see.

In the style of the great Julius Sumner Miller, this talk includes live demonstrations to illustrate some of the basic physics ideas using equipment from the School of Physics. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for audience members of all ages to speak to Dr Kletzing and see the equipment up close.

Date: Thursday August 7th, 2008


Pocket Nanotech: The 2007 Nobel Prize for Physics

Professor David McKenzie
University of Sydney

Research into Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) won the Nobel Prize in 2008, research which has already changed the world and found its way into your pocket before you knew it. GMR is the principle that allows a hard-drive to read the tiny bits of magnetic data from disk; without it, iPods and computers could not have advanced to today’s level.

2007’s was not the average Nobel Prize, as the theoretical physicists are still struggling to explain the amazing experiments of the winners Albert Fert and Peter Grunberg. Learn about the science and the intrigue in this fully illustrated talk, complete with live experiments.

Date: Thursday August 14th, 2008


Time: 6.30 – 7.30 PM (light refreshments from 6pm)

Venue: Slade Lecture Theatre, ground floor, School of Physics

RSVP: Hyacinth Alfonso, halfonso at physics.usyd.edu.au or 9351 3037 with your name and number of seats required.
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