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MONTHLY BUZZ | Demystifying Quantum Technology

Quantum technologies are based on phenomena that can seem more like magic than science — spooky action at a distance, teleportation, cats both dead and alive, collapsing wavefunctions, and results that change when you look at them.

So, it may come as a surprise to know that quantum technology is here today, and those futuristic quantum devices are not so very far away.

Jacqui Romero – Senior Lecturer of Quantum Physics, University of Queensland

Andre Luiten – Managing Director, CryoClock & Director at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, University of Adelaide

Andrew White – Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

Shaun Wilson – Founder, Shoal Group

Public colloquium, Dr Steven Goldfarb from the ATLAS Experiment at CERN

Dr Goldfarb will present a free public colloquium entitled “Hidden Pieces: The Large Hadron Collider and our dark universe”.
People have been fascinated by scientific discovery since ancient times. Today, for the first time ever, we can discover and analyse phenomena that we can neither see nor feel directly. In this fascinating presentation Dr Goldfarb will talk about dark matter, antimatter, and dark energy. He will go into extra dimensions and will look into the 95% of the Universe that we still know nothing about.

Please register for attendance at:

About the speaker:
Dr. Steven Goldfarb is a particle physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1991, for research carried out on the L3 experiment on CERN’s Large Electron Positron collider, and began his current participation on the Large Hadron Collider in 1998. He served as ATLAS Muon Software Coordinator and participated in preliminary studies of the Higgs boson search. Most recently, Dr. Goldfarb has focused effort on the challenges of large-scale science communication. He served as ATLAS Outreach Coordinator, overseeing worldwide communication of the Higgs boson discovery in 2012, and launching the award-winning ATLAS Virtual Visit system. Dr. Goldfarb currently chairs the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, coordinates the University of Michigan REU CERN Summer Student and Semester Abroad programs, serves on the US National Science Foundation’s QuarkNet advisory board and the American Physical Society Committee for Informing the Public. Dr. Goldfarb discussed the necessity of scientific exploration for human survival at TEDxTUM, attempted to answer how humans measure what we cannot see at TEDxOporto, and played the role of a purple worm in the production of a TED Ed animation, in which he and his friend Dave (try to) explain how the Higgs boson gives particles mass. He also fronts the popular Geneva-based Canettes Blues Band.

Public Talk: Initiative Against Climatic Change by Lasers Based on 2018 Physics Nobel Prize

Join the Australian Institute of Physics NSW Branch for Professor’s Heinrich Hora’s Public Talk at the Sydney Academic Centre


When: Friday 8 March 2019
Where: Boston University, Sydney Academic Centre, 15-25 Regent Street Chippendale
Speaker: Professor Heinrich Hora – University of New South Wales
Cost: FREE and everyone is welcome to attend
Booking Essential: fosman@bu.edu


Refreshments: 5.30pm – 6.00pm
Presentation: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Optional dinner at nearby Restaurant with speaker after the presentation: 7.30pm

Fusion energy is ten million times higher than chemical energy from burning coal, but ignition needs dozens of millions degrees of temperature. Instead of using these exorbitant thermal pressures for a power station, fusion can be ignited at moderate heating in power stations by lasers, however only by pulses of extremely short duration and ultrahigh power. This has just been reached by the amplification for which the 2018 Physics Nobel Prize was awarded. The non-thermal pressure by the laser can dominate. The thermally very weak fusion of boron can be billion times higher than classical, shown by experiments. This extreme increase is explained by the mentioned domination and a specific avalanche of the boron reaction. This leads to the design of a possible power generator for environmentally absolute clean, safe, low cost and abundant electric energy.

About Heinrich Hora

Heinrich Hora Dr.rer.nat. (1960 Jena) D.Sc. (1979 UNSW) is an Australian Professor of Theoretical Physics University of New
South Wales, Sydney 1975, emeritus 1992, Visiting Professor Rochester, Bern, Tokyo, Iowa, Osaka, Giessen, Weizmann-Institute, CERN after he was 20 years in research at industry laboratories (Zeiss, IBM, Westinghouse, Siemens) and of the Max-Planck-Institute of Plasma Physics in Garching-Munich. He is author of 12 books and editor of 15 books and founder and first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal “Laser and Particle Beams” at Cambridge University Press. His research is in the field of plasma
theory and laser, nonlinear forces, relativistic self-focusing, Schwarz-Hora effect (Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 141119 (2013)) on non-resonance quantum excitations in solids, volume ignition of
fusion, and predicted non-thermal ultrahigh acceleration of plasma blocks by lasers for environmentally clean, low cost and lasting boron fusion energy.

He is FInstP(London), FAIP, FRSN and received the Edward Teller, the Dirac, the Ernst-Mach and the Ritter von Gerstner Medals. He is founding director of the International Research and Development Corporation “HB11 Energy” in Sydney/Australia.

Detailed Schedule for Friday, 8th March 2019:

  • 5.30-6.00 pm REFRESHMENTS, Boston University Sydney Lecture Theatre
  • 6.00-7.00 pm LECTURE by Professor Heinrich Hora
  • 7.30 pm DINNER with the Speaker at nearby Restaurant

E-mail Dr Fred Osman (fosman@bu.edu) if you will be able to join us.

The BU Sydney Academic Centre (BUSAC) is located in the
neighbourhood of Chippendale near Railway Square and Central Station.

Event sponsored by:
The Australian Institute of Physics – NSW Branch & Boston University, Sydney Academic Centre