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December 2015
SPIE Micro + Nano Conference 2015   View Summary
16 December 2015
ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)CUDOS hosted the first 'nano' conference at the new Sydney Nanoscience from 6-9 December 2015. The highly successful SPIE Micro + Nano, Materials, Devices and Applications Conference. Over two-hundred researchers attended lectures and workshops conducted by local and internationally renowned physicists.
The weather report from IRC+10216: evolving irregular clouds envelop carbon star   View Summary
10 December 2015
CW LEO, IRC+10216: evolving irregular clouds envelop carbon starSydney University Astronomers have been misinterpreting the shapes of a dying star for decades, tricked into believing billowing dust was actually permanent structural features.
University of Sydney celebrates 50 years of the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST)   View Summary
10 December 2015
Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST)On its 50th anniversary, the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope will undergo major upgrades to deliver new capabilities for astronomers.
November 2015
Professor Bland-Hawthorn wins WH "Beattie" Steele Medal   View Summary
30 November 2015
An artist's impression of the planetary system in the makingA star known as LkCa 15 lying 450 light years from Earth has exhibited all the trappings of an expectant parent: it is surrounded by a vast disk of dust and gas making an ideal environment for planets to grow. Furthermore the dust shows distinct signs of disturbance: something within has eaten away part of the disk, clearing a gap.
CUDOS celebrates opening of new labs   View Summary
25 November 2015
CUDOS logoCUDOS celebrated a recent move to new labs at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub.
Accreting protoplanets in the LkCa 15 transition disk   View Summary
25 November 2015
An artist's impression of the planetary system in the makingA star known as LkCa 15 lying 450 light years from Earth has exhibited all the trappings of an expectant parent: it is surrounded by a vast disk of dust and gas making an ideal environment for planets to grow. Furthermore the dust shows distinct signs of disturbance: something within has eaten away part of the disk, clearing a gap.
October 2015
Echoless light that unscatters itself could help send signals through walls   View Summary
13 October 2015
Echoless lightA collaborative team of researchers from the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) have demonstrated a phenomenon first proposed in 1948, but which had never before been observed experimentally.
Scientists pave way for nanodiamonds to trace early cancers   View Summary
12 October 2015
NanodiamondsPhysicists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems have devised a way to use diamonds to target tumours. Published in Nature Communications, the findings show how a nanoscale, synthetic 'diamond' can light up early-stage cancers in MRI scans
September 2015
Breakthrough light source for early detection of disease and pollution   View Summary
8 September 2015
ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)CUDOS researchers from the School of Physics have made a major advancement towards the design of inexpensive monitoring devices that can detect human disease and air pollution at very small levels.
July 2015
Eureka Prize for Associate Professor Michael J. Biercuk   View Summary
27 July 2015
Associate Professor Michael Biercuk wins Eureka PrizeAssociate Professor Michael J. Biercuk has won the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher, presented at a gala dinner on 26 August in the Sydney Town Hall.
Astronomers find a bigger cousin for Earth   View Summary
24 July 2015
Professor Harry MesselAn international team of astronomers from NASA's Kepler mission have announced the discovery of a near-Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star.
Phones and computers a step closer to being more secure   View Summary
24 July 2015
ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)CUDOS researchers from the School of Physics have developed a photonic chip able to communicate information more securely and small enough to fit most computers.
Event - Emeritus Professor Harry Messel Memorial   View Summary
24 July 2015
ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)In recognition of Professor Messel's significant contributions to physics, teaching and the pursuit of excellence, the University of Sydney invites you to join us for this special memorial tribute.
June 2015
CUDOS Technology launches internationally   View Summary
24 June 2015
MIRLINAustralian scientists launch commercial enterprise in Europe.
Passing of Emeritus Professor Harry Messel   View Summary
24 June 2015
Professor Harry Messel"Education has been my life, to give leadership in education and in quality and in standards. I'm immensely proud of what's happened at the School - Harry Messel
Detection of tubular plasma structures   View Summary
1 June 2015
MWA 3d TubesAstronomers have detected the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth.
May 2015
Continuing education course helping veterans strive to succeed.   View Summary
5 May 2015
Spiral galaxyA new course at the University of Sydney will give recently returned veterans the skills they need to transition to non-military work.
April 2015
Unravelling galaxies' evolution   View Summary
10 April 2015
Spiral galaxyGalactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) survey goals published in the Royal Astronomical Society Journal this week.
March 2015
Donors' vision becomes reality: launch of STEM Academy for teachers   View Summary
30 March 2015
STEM AcademyThe Federal Minister for Industry and Science has officially launched a teaching academy dedicated to excellence and innovation in the teaching of mathematics, science and technology
AINST initiating leadership team announced   View Summary
23 March 2015
AINSTThe University has appointed the first leadership team for our newest multi-faculty research and education initiative, the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST).
Fundamental advance in nonlinear optics research   View Summary
5 March 2015
CUDOSCUDOS publish fundamental advance for research in photonic chips and optical communications in Nature Communications.
February 2015
International Year of Light illuminates Paris.   View Summary
4 February 2015
IYL 2015Professor Benjamin Eggleton, who attended the official opening ceremony of the International Year of Light in Paris at the UNESCO Headquarters.
Sculpting quantum reality   View Summary
3 February 2015
Quantum researchYou may think you know what is real, but when talking about the world of the very small, like atoms or fundamental particles, the question is not only less clear, it is vexing.
January 2015
CUDOS Director appointed to IEEE Photonics Society Board   View Summary
30 January 2015
Professor Ben EggletonCongratulations to Professor Ben Eggleton, CUDOS Director, who was recently elected to the IEEE Photonics Society's Board of Governors.
Ancient star system reveals earth-sized planets forming near start of Universe   View Summary
28 January 2015
Credit NASA. Kepler 444 and inner system planetsA Sun-like star with orbiting planets, dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy, has been discovered by an international team of astronomers.
Young Cambodians coding their way to future careers   View Summary
28 January 2015
Cambodians Childrens TrustThey may not own computers or know how to blog or tweet yet but learning computer programming may help many Cambodian children find their way into future careers.
New Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL) opens in 2015   View Summary
8 January 2015
Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL)SAIL will be the new astrophotonics and astronomical instrumentation laboratories under the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA) and the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the School of Physics.