[ASC-list] NSW: Free public talk - Pocket Nanotech: 2007 Nobel Prize

Lara Davis lara_davis4 at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 10 06:19:55 UTC 2008

Free public talk 
 Pocket Nanotech: The 2007 Nobel Prize for Physics

Professor David McKenzie
School of Physics
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.Professor David R. McKenzie holds the Chair in Materials Physics. His
research interests are in the development of novel materials, the
improvement of the properties of existing materials by plasma
processing and in the application of physics in medicine and in energy
conversion. He is well known internationally for the discovery of a new
form of carbon known as tetrahedral amorphous carbon, with applications
as a protective layer for magnetic memory devices such as hard disc
devices and for developing evacuated tubular solar collectors.Date: Thursday 
August 14th, 2008
6.30 – 7.30 PM (light refreshments from 6pm)

Venue: Slade Lecture Theatre, 
School of Physics, University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

RSVP: Hyacinth Alfonso, 
halfonso at physics.usyd.edu.au or 9036 5370 with your name and number of seats 
--Lara DavisScience Communications OfficerSchool of PhysicsUniversity of SydneyPh: 02 9351 3383
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