[ASC-list] Year of Light, a Nobel visitor and honouring postgrads: physics in September

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Wed Sep 3 00:14:08 UTC 2014

Dear ASCers,

We put together a bulletin of physics news and events every month on behalf of Rob Robinson, the AIP President. Here’s a taste of what’s in this month’s bulletin.

You can view the full bulletin online<http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/bulletins/aip-presidents-blog/september-2014>.

Kind regards,

>From Rob Robinson, President of the Australian Institute of Physics

2015 is the International Year of Light, giving all those of us who work with light a chance to shine. That covers most of physics, from nanophotonics through to astronomy.

We’re supporting our cognate, the Australian Optical Society, who are leading the way with activities around the country. In the next few weeks they’ll be holding networking events in different states to build momentum and share ideas. You can find out the details and register to attend by emailing light at scienceinpublic.com.au<mailto:light at scienceinpublic.com.au>.

Using laser light to trap and cool atoms earned Steven Chu a Nobel Prize in Physics. He’ll be one of the headline speakers at this December’s AIP Congress in Canberra, and we profile him in this bulletin.

Postgraduate students in NSW and WA have the opportunity to win prizes for presenting their research, at events hosted by their state AIP branches. Registrations for both of these close soon, so read on and see how you can take part.

AIP Fellow and former President Tony Thomas was recently named South Australian Scientist of the Year, a worthy accolade for his decades of work here and overseas exploring the subatomic structure of matter.

And some of the items:

International Year of Light 2015 Australia
The Australian organising committee is building the Light Year buzz with networking events around the country. Come along and find out what is planned and share your ideas. If you’re interested in attending, please email light at scienceinpublic.com.au<mailto:light at scienceinpublic.com.au>. Follow the Year of Light on Twitter @LightYearAU<https://twitter.com/LightYearAU> and sign up to receive the newsletter at light2015.org.au<http://light2015.org.au/>.

AIP Congress speaker Steven Chu
Among the top speakers lined up for this year’s AIP Congress (7–11 December in Canberra), is Nobel laureate and former US Energy Secretary, Steven Chu. Steven’s work on using lasers to cool and trap atoms earned him the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William D. Phillips.

Online lecture videos complete
Basic physics concepts such as gravity, friction, simple harmonic motion and electric and magnetic fields, are all demonstrated in a series of short videos now available on YouTube. The AIP’s own Chris Creagh has uploaded 30 demonstrations for first-year physics students, as well as some longer videos that dig a bit deeper into what teaching activities help to build a learning environment.

A SKA for astronomy
Physics World in the UK has put together a short video that takes you on a tour of the Australian and South African sites for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), with artists’ impressions of the telescopes and scientists and engineers talking about the opportunities and challenges they face.

Public lecture: Twinkling of the stars
On Wed 3 Sep at the University of Adelaide, Laurence Campbell will discuss the history and controversy of something we see every night yet still don’t fully understand.

2014 Einstein Lecture: Pocket Astrophysics
On Fri 21 Sep at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Orsola De Marco reveals the fascinating world of astrophysicists from her personal experience.

Tectonic plate speed tracked
Geophysicists at the University of WA find signs of changes in tectonic plate movement.

Tractor beam from water waves
ANU physicists control flow patterns to move floating objects against the direction of waves.

Storing light energy
Quantum physicists at UQ show that “superradiance” increases the ability of a group of atoms to absorb energy.

CSIRO weighs budget impacts
At a Town Hall meeting in July, the Australia Telescope National Facility discussed its response to funding cuts.

Water rocket contest
Applications for students to build a rocket and represent Australia in Japan close 19 September.

More details at http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/bulletins/aip-presidents-blog/september-2014.


Niall Byrne
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