Wave of the Century

Originally published in ANU Reporter: The discovery of gravitational waves is the culmination of a search by a generation of ANU physicists, reports DR PHIL DOOLEY, BSc (Hons) '90, PhD '99. An excited hush fell over the briefing room at Parliament House as Professor David McClelland stepped up to the microphone. "I'm pretty sure you all … Continue reading Wave of the Century

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Quantum cabbage and blue wine

https://youtu.be/c-r8LKosap4 A surprise find of blue wine in the washing up opened up a world of chemistry in the kitchen. Turns out red wine and purple cabbage show amazing colours as you change their acidity. They are acid-base indicators, due to chemicals called anthocyanins.  

A new spin on data storage

Seems physicists are inventing particles faster'n I can write about em. Who ever knew you could call a twisted magnetic field a particle? First published here: http://www.research.a-star.edu.sg/research/7691/a-new-spin-on-data-storage, 8 May 2017. -- Study into spirals of magnetic spin showcases potential of layered materials for future data storage Tiny spirals of magnetism called skyrmions could be used as … Continue reading A new spin on data storage

Silicon brings more colour to holograms

Silicon holograms harness the full visible spectrum to bring holographic projections one step closer We can’t yet send holographic videos to Obi-Wan Kenobi on our droid, but A*STAR researchers have got us a little bit closer by creating holograms from an array of silicon structures that work throughout the visible spectrum1. Many recent advances in … Continue reading Silicon brings more colour to holograms

How twisting a belt explains the Universe

Quantum physics is all about the simplest things in the universe. Matter - electrons and quarks (which make up neutrons and protons), and interactions - photons, forces etc. The difference between the two is a simple rotation. It's secret quantum mechanics knowledge, says head of ANU Dept of Quantum Physics, Professor Craig Savage. Here he … Continue reading How twisting a belt explains the Universe