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  • Probing the sound of a quantum dot[24 April 2014]

    Quantum dot

    Physicists 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. More

  • Computers beat brainpower when it comes to counting stars[22 April 2014]

    Computer stars

    A 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. More

  • The Professor Walter Stibbs Lecture - Cracking the Einstein Code[14 April 2014]

    Harry Messel

    Einstein'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. More

  • Top physicist Harry Messel recognised with prestigious Academy Medal[2 April 2014]

    Harry Messel

    The 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. More

  • CiSRA Extreme Images Runner-up[31 March 2014]

    Images in the Extreme

    Paul 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 More

  • Origin of the mysterious cosmic dance of satellites eludes our cosmological theories[26 March 2014]


    Given 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. More

  • The University of Sydney Physics Foundation reaches 60-year milestone.[14 March 2014]

    Physics Foundation Harry Messel

    2014 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. More

  • Collaboration brings innovation in optics technologies[10 March 2014]


    Innovation 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. More

  • Fundamental understanding of Photonics leads to new on-chip manipulation of light[31 January 2014]


    Sydney University Photonics researchers have combined fundamental ideas of quantum mechanics with modern optical technology to build a non-reciprocal, one way, circuit for light. More

  • Will the consumer of the future be a collaborator?[24 January 2014]

    Integrated Sudtainability Analysis

    Named 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. More

  • Solitons in silicon photonic crystal chips[16 January 2014]

    Measured time-frequency maps of soliton compression

    CUDOS led team observes on-chip soliton compression in a silicon photonic crystal for the first time. More

  • Dancing with the stars - astronomy meets choreography at the Sydney Festival[8 January 2014]

    Black holes and inspirations

    AM 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. More