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December 2014
Computer learning can improve HSC science results   View Summary
12 December 2014
Simon CrookResearch from the Sydney University Physics Education Research (SUPER) group has shown that students who used school-issued laptop computers at school and home perform better in their HSC science exams than those not given the computers.
November 2014
$1.4 million gift from SIfA's Professor Dick Hunstead   View Summary
26 November 2014
Professor Dick Hunstead$1.4 million Dick Hunstead Fund for Astrophysics will support the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA). The Institute, based in the School of Physics, is one of the most diverse astrophysics groupings within Australia, spanning optical, radio, infrared, X-ray, theoretical and computational astrophysics.
Industry partnership supports Australian production of next-generation photonics   View Summary
13 November 2014
Dr Simon Lefrancois from the University of Sydneyâs School of Physics holding an optical chip used iAn optical oscilloscope with 20 times the resolution of conventional electronics has been developed by the ARC Centre for ultrahigh bandwidth devices for optical systems (CUDOS) at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University.
October 2014
Experimental noise filtering by quantum control   View Summary
21 October 2014
Associate Professor Michael BiercukA team of scientists including Associate Professor Michael Biercuk and PhD student Harrison Ball from the School of Physics, have taken inspiration from aerospace research and development programs to make fragile quantum systems into useful pieces of advanced technology in a paper that has been published in Nature Physics.
The expanding fireball of Nova Delphini 2013   View Summary
21 October 2014
The expanding fireball of Nova Delphini 2013Astronomers at the University of Sydney are part of a team that has taken images of the thermonuclear fireball from a 'nova star' for the first time tracking the explosion as it expands.
Braille-like communication capability for implant surfaces   View Summary
1 October 2014
Marcela BilekA Braille-like method that enables medical implants to communicate with a patient's cells could help reduce biomedical and prosthetic device failure rates, according to University of Sydney researchers.
September 2014
A new director for the Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astronomy   View Summary
12 September 2014
New CAASTRO DirectorFrom today, the nation-wide ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics has a new director, Professor Elaine Sadler, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sydney. She succeeds Professor Bryan Gaensler, also at the School of Physics at the University, who has led CAASTRO since its inception in 2011.
August 2014
Ground-breaking research awarded ARC Laureate Fellowships   View Summary
22 August 2014
Australian Research CouncilAdvances in our understanding of the brain using maths and physics concepts and the creation of a new Australian technology to discover the formation of galaxies will result from two Australian Laureate Fellowships awarded to the University of Sydney.
July 2014
ARC Future Fellowships recognise research strengths in Physics   View Summary
25 July 2014
ARC Future FellowshipsThe School of Physics' strength has been recognised with the announcement of 3 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships in the School of Physics.
Australian researchers pioneer a 'Google street view' of galaxies   View Summary
25 July 2014
SAMI SurveryA new home-grown instrument is giving Australian astronomers the first 'Google street view' of the cosmos.
Mysterious dance of dwarfs may force a cosmic rethink   View Summary
18 July 2014
Dwarf GalaxyThe discovery that many small galaxies throughout the universe do not 'swarm' around larger ones like bees do but 'dance' in orderly disc-shaped orbits is a challenge to our understanding of how the universe formed and evolved.
Generous gift supports the promise of quantum computing   View Summary
11 July 2014
Engineered Quantum SystemsA belief in the need for business to reach out to the sciences is only one of the motives for Anne and Hugh Harley to donate half a million dollars to the University of Sydney's Quantum Control Laboratory
Sydney University Astronomer awarded observing time on Hubble Space Telescope   View Summary
10 July 2014
Hubble space telescopeProfessor Geraint Lewis from the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA) at the School of Physics University of Sydney, has been awarded observing time on one of the world's premier observing facilities, the Hubble Space Telescope.
Kickstart on the road 2014   View Summary
9 July 2014
Kickstart PhysicsHigh school students in regional NSW will have the chance to Kickstart their science studies when the outreach team from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Science visit.
June 2014
Interaction between light and sound waves in a photonic chip    View Summary
24 June 2014
CUDOSSchool of Physics researchers have exploited the interaction between light and sound waves in the photonics chip and optical fibers to generate interference that produce short optical pulses.
Catching Particle Fever: the Sydney scientists who helped track down the Higgs boson   View Summary
16 June 2014
ATLAS Particle FeverAs Particle Fever premieres at the Sydney Film Festival this weekend, Australian audiences have an opportunity to watch the story of the groundbreaking search for the Higgs boson.
May 2014
Accelerating NSW's position in the space race   View Summary
13 May 2014
SpaceNetThe chances of NSW companies being able to compete in the highly specialised global space industry have been strengthened with the creation of delta-V, Australia's first space startup accelerator.
April 2014
Probing the sound of a quantum dot   View Summary
24 April 2014
Quantum dotPhysicists at the University of Sydney have discovered a method of using microwaves to probe the sounds of a quantum dot, a promising platform for building a quantum computer.
Computers beat brainpower when it comes to counting stars   View Summary
22 April 2014
Computer starsA team of astronomers has developed a new way to automatically classify huge numbers of astronomical objects, and to discover new, exotic ones almost as soon as they happen.
The Professor Walter Stibbs Lecture - Cracking the Einstein Code   View Summary
14 April 2014
Harry MesselEinstein's theory of general relativity describes the effect of gravitation on the shape of space and the flow of time. But for more than four decades after its publication, the theory remained largely a curiosity for scientists; however accurate it seemed, Einstein's mathematical code was one of the most difficult to crack in all of science. That is, until a twenty-nine-year-old Cambridge graduate from New Zealand solved the great riddle in 1963. Roy Kerr's solution emerged coincidentally with the discovery of black holes that same year and provided fertile testing ground, at long last, for general relativity.
Top physicist Harry Messel recognised with prestigious Academy Medal   View Summary
2 April 2014
Harry MesselThe creator of one of Australia's best-remembered high school text books, Professor Harry Messel AC CBE, has been awarded one of the Australian Academy of Science's highest honours, the Academy Medal.
March 2014
CiSRA Extreme Images Runner-up   View Summary
31 March 2014
Images in the ExtremePaul Stewart has been awarded the runner-up in the 2014 CiSRA/Canon extreme imaging awards, announced at a gala event at the Powerhouse Museum in February
Origin of the mysterious cosmic dance of satellites eludes our cosmological theories   View Summary
26 March 2014
AndromedaGiven the complexity of the physics, and immense range of distances, density and temperatures, it's not easy to recreate the Universe in a laboratory. But in recent years astronomers have called on the power of supercomputers to build synthetic universes, using the super-fast calculations to solve the physical equations and reveal how the stars and galaxies formed.
The University of Sydney Physics Foundation reaches 60-year milestone.   View Summary
14 March 2014
Physics Foundation Harry Messel2014 marks the 60th year of the University of Sydney Physics Foundation. This anniversary was celebrated on Wednesday, 12th March at an intimate and elegant reception held at Government House, which was hosted by Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE.
Collaboration brings innovation in optics technologies   View Summary
10 March 2014
CUDOSInnovation and collaboration are keys improving communication technology. The telecom industry as well as researchers in Photonics and Astronomy, from the University of Sydney School of Physics have come together in a collaboration to work on future technologies and devices for optical fiber networks.
January 2014
Fundamental understanding of Photonics leads to new on-chip manipulation of light   View Summary
31 January 2014
CUDOSSydney University Photonics researchers have combined fundamental ideas of quantum mechanics with modern optical technology to build a non-reciprocal, one way, circuit for light.
Will the consumer of the future be a collaborator?   View Summary
24 January 2014
Integrated Sudtainability AnalysisNamed by Time magazine as one of the ten major ideas that could change the world, collaborative consumption is about sharing goods and services on a global and local scale.
Solitons in silicon photonic crystal chips   View Summary
16 January 2014
Measured time-frequency maps of soliton compressionCUDOS led team observes on-chip soliton compression in a silicon photonic crystal for the first time.
Dancing with the stars - astronomy meets choreography at the Sydney Festival   View Summary
8 January 2014
Black holes and inspirationsAM I is the creation of choreographer Shaun Parker and Dr Helen Johnston, an astronomer from the University of Sydney. Their work explores the genesis of life, and is premiering at the Sydney Festival.