Seminars and Colloquia

The School of Physics and Astronomy offers a series of vibrant colloquia and research seminars. These talks are delivered by invited guests from local and international institutions, as well as researchers from Monash.

All talks are held at the Clayton Campus: Getting to Monash Clayton Campus | Clayton Campus Map: Where to find the School of Physics and Astronomy

Colloquia are accessible to a more general physics audience (senior undergraduates to academics), while seminars are targeted at postgraduate students and researchers with a relevant background. All talks run for approximately 1 hour.

If you have questions about the talks, please contact:

Associate Professor Meera Parish
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Administration Officer: Karen Lee karen.lee@monash.edu

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Talks for 2017

Professor Michael Tobar - University of Western Australia 
High Precision Low Energy Measurements for Detecting Dark Matter and Testing Fundamental Physics (download flyer)
Thursday, 14 December 2017 - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
FLEET Workshop - Victorian ARC Centres & Hubs Professional Staff Workshop
Bringing together business teams from Victorian ARC Centres & Hubs to network, learn best practices and create greater efficiencies.
Thursday, 14 December 2017 - 08:00 to 18:00 G29-G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Workshop
Dr Denis Martynov - MIT
Prospects for constraining neutron star equation of state with LIGO
Thursday, 14  December - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Associate Professor Dan Fabrychky - University of Chicago
Constraining planetary histories with new architectures: resonant chains and circumbinary orbits
Tuesday, 12 December - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Dr Dan Foreman-Mackey - Flatiron Institute, New York
How to find a transiting exoplanet: data-driven discovery in the astronomical time domain
Tuesday, 12 December - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Professor Ik Siong Heng - University of Glasgow
Listening to the gravitational symphony behind cosmic fireworks
Monday, 11 December - 12:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Dr Vardha Bennert - California Polytechnic
The Origin of the Black Hole Mass Scaling Relations
Friday, 8 December - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Professor Yoshitaka Kuno - Osaka University
Searching the Muon of Electron Conversion in a Muonic Atom - Quest for new physics (download flyer)
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 - 13:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Stephan Hafner - Heidelberg University
Heteronuclear Efimov scenario  in an ulracold Bose-Fermi mixture with large mass imbalance (download flyer)
Monday, 4 December 2017 - 13:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Fluids Seminar
Associate Professor Igor Aharonvich - University of Technology, Sydney
Quantum emitters in flatland
Monday, 4 December 2017 - 11:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk FLEET and MCATM Seminar
Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Ketterle - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
When freezing cold is not cold enough: New forms of matter near absolute zero temperature
Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 19:00 AMDC Bldg, Room 301, Swinburne University of Technology FLEET Seminar

THIS FLEET SEMINAR IS CANCELLED

Dr Nicholas Karpowicz - Max Planck Institute
Attosecond Optoelectronic Metrology
AND
Dr Martin Schultze - Max Planck Institute
Band-gap excitation dynamics at optical frequencies

Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk FLEET Seminar
Ms Laura Henderson - University of Waterloo, Canada
Entanglement Harvesting Near a BTZ Black Hole (download flyer)
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar

THIS COLLOQUIUM IS CANCELLED

Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop - University of Queensland
Structured light and optical angular momentum (download flyer)

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium

Professor Albert Polman - University of Amsterdam
The Sun Rises for Free:  The Science of Solar Energy Generation

Monday 27 November 2017 - 17:00 Lecture Theatre S4, 16 Rainforest Walk FLEET

Professor Albert Polman - University of Amsterdam
Time-resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy of optical metasurfaces (download flyer)

Monday 27 November 2017 - 11:00 Lecture Theatre S2, 16 Rainforest Walk FREW Fellow Lecture
Professor George Wei-Shu Hou - National Taiwan University
Outlook on Flavour Physics and CP Violation (download flyer)
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Professor Alice Quillen - University of Rochester
Astro Visco-elastodynamics:  Cracking moons and spin and obliquity evolution in tidal evolving and migrating satellite and planetary systems
Tuesday, 21st November - 12:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Dr Charles Hill - University of Melbourne
Simulation of Quantum Algorithms with Matrix Product States (download flyer)
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Rosemary Mardling - Monash University
Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway - Monash University
Gender equity workplace experience in the School of Physics and Astronomy (download flyer)
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Equity Colloquium
Dr Dylan Saunders - Oxford University
Quantum Light, Quantum Memories and Quantum Heat Engines (download flyer)
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Seminar
Dr Onno Pols - Radbound University, The Netherlands
The occurrence of electron-capture supernovae in binary systems
Tuesday, 7th November - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Professor Jordan Nash - Monash University
Looking for ultra-rare Standard Model interactions to search for new physics (download flyer)
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Dr Eric Thrane & Dr Paul Lasky - Monash University
Gravitational Waves from merging neutron stars: the dawn of a new era in astronomy (download flyer)
Wednesday, 25th October 2017 - 18:00 Lecture Theatre S2/S4, 16 Rainforest Walk Public Lecture
Dr Eric Thrane & Dr Paul Lasky - Monash University
GW170817: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Neutron Star Inspiral (download flyer)
Tuesday, 24th October 2017 - 12:30 Lecture Theatre S2, 16 Rainforest Walk Colloquium
Associate Professor Elizabeth Tasker - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Dangerous Worlds
Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 18:30 Lecture Theatre S2, 16 Rainforest Walk MoCA Public Talk
FLEET Young Researchers Forum
When a picture is worth 1000 words - Shooting video on your mobile phone
Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 14:00 G29/G30 New Horizons Building, 20 Research Way Forum
Dr Tom Collett - Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, Portsmouth
Cosmology with Strong Gravitational Lensing
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Professor Ping Koy Lam - Australian National University
A Quantum Communication Network with Bright Laser Beams (download flyer)
Wednesday, 11 October - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart (ICRAR)
Cosmology with Fast Radio Bursts
Tuesday, 10 October - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Associate Professor Tom Stace - University of Queensland
Foliated Quantum Codes (download flyer)
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Mario Beltran - Switzerland and Monash University - Exploiting the Imperfect Nature of Light
Dr Nicholas Anthony - Latrobe University - Photoelastic Ptychography for Anisotropic Imaging
(download flyer)
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 14:30 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Imaging and Optical Physics Seminar
Dr Karl Wette - Australian National University
Continuous Gravitational Waves from Rapidly-Rotating Neutron Star
Tuesday, 26 September - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Professor George Wei-Shu Hou - National Taiwan University
Electroweak Baryogenesis and Alignment from Two Higgs Doubles
Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 15:00 Room 139, 19 Rainforest Walk Seminar
Ms Thao Le - UCL Computer Science, UK 
Neutralising the Dark Side of Quantum Networks (download flyer)
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk QIS Seminar
Professor James Wadsley- McMaster University
Superbubbles and the limits of Supernovae on Galactic Scales
Tuesday, 19 September - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Dr Dongchen Qi- La Trobe University
Diamond Surface Functionalisation and Doping for Carbon-based Electronics
Friday, 15 September 2017 - 15:00 G30 New Horizons Building, 20 Research Way FLEET Seminar
Professor Rohini Godbole - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
TopHiggs interplay (download flyer)
Thursday, 14 September - 15:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Professor Rohini Godbole - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Women in Mathematics and Physics (download flyer)
Wednesday, 13 September - 14:30 Theatre S2, 16 Rainforest Walk Director's Colloquium
Dr Ivo Seitenzahl - (ADFA)
Modelling thermonuclear supernovae - explosion simulations, nucleosynthesis, observables
Tuesday, 12 September - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Associate Professor Gavin Brennan - Macquarie University
Quantum simulators for quantum field theory (download flyer)
Wednesday, 6 September - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Phil Hopkins - Caltech
Dust and Gas in the ISM: New Instabilities and Understanding
Tuesday, 5 September - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Dr Danail Obreschkow - (ICRAR) - University of Western Australia
A new Spin on Angular Momentum in Galaxies
Tuesday, 29 August - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Professor Jennifer Hoffman - Harvard University
Imaging the Surface States of a Strongly Correlated Topological Insulator (download flyer)
Thursday, 24 August - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk FLEET Seminar
Professor Jennifer Hoffman - Harvard University
Topological Materials at the Nanoscale (download flyer)
Wednesday, 23 August - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Professor Hans-Christoph Mertins - FH Muenster University of Applied Sciences
Physics of graphene and low dimensional systems (download flyer)
Tuesday, 22 August - 14:00 G29, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Seminar
Dr Javier Mejuto - Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras
Astronomy in the Classic Maya Period
Tuesday, 22 August - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Professor Myungshik Kim - Imperial College London
Single photon operations (download flyer)
Thursday, 17 August - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Dr Nick Parker - University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Superfluids flex their muscles: wakes, storms and tuburlence (download flyer)
Wednesday, 16 August - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Cold Atoms Seminar
Dr Maria Lugaro - Konkoly Observatory, Monash University
Radionuclides: from Cosmochronology to Habitability
Tuesday, 15 August - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA
Professor Alan Cornell - University of Witwatersrand
The production of additional bosons and the impact on Higgs physics at the LHC (download flyer) (download slides)
Monday, 14 August - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Professor Victor Gurarie - University of Colorado
Angular momentum of BCS-BEC fermionic superfluids with multiply quantized vortices
Thursday, 10 August - 14:00 G29, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Seminar
Dr Alex Wood - Melbourne University
A new spin on quantum sensing with diamond (download flyer)
Wednesday, 9 August - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Stuart Sim - Queen's University, Belfast
Modelling thermonuclear supernovae: how to blow up a white dwarf start
Tuesday, 8 August - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Professor Fengqiu (Frank) Wang - Nanjing University, China
Novel photosensitive devices based on graphene-carbon nanotube hybrid materials
Monday, 7 August - 14:00 Room 407, Level 4, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way MCATM Seminar

Dr Kaye Morgan - Monash University
Dynamic phase contrast x-ray imaging at the Munich Compact Light Source

Dr Lincoln Turner - Monash University
Imaging quantum gases

(download flyer)

Tuesday, 1 August - 14:30 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk X-Ray Optics Seminar
Dr Simon Devitt - Riken, Japan and Macquarie University, Sydney
meQuanics - The Quantum Computer Game.  How it works, what does it solve? 
Tuesday, 1 August - 11.30 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Seminar
Professor Reinhard Keinburger - Technical University, Munich
Attosecond electron dynamics in gases, molecules and solids (download flyer)
Friday, 21 July - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Associate Professor Changgu Lee - Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea
Magnetic and physical properties of new 2D materials (download flyer)
Friday, 21 July - 11:00 Room 407, Level 4, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way MCATM Seminar
Dr Krzysztof Bolejko - University of Sydney
Emergence of spatial curvature
Tuesday, 18 July - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Dr Dylan Saunders - Oxford University
A room-temperature noise-free quantum memory (download flyer)
Monday, 10 July - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Seminar
Professor Di Li
An unprecedented Commensal Survey Plan for FAST
Thursday, 20 July - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Seminar
Professor Daniel Lathrop - University of Maryland
Liquid Sodium Models of the Earth's Core (download flyer)
Wednesday, 21 June - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Professor Daniel Lathrop - University of Maryland
Visualization and characterization of quantum fluid flows (download flyer)
Wednesday, 21 June - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Fluids Research Seminar
Associate Professor Stefan Ballmer - Syracuse University
Gravitational-Wave Astronomy: Now and in the Future (download flyer)
Monday, 19 June - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Mr Mark McAuley - AAL
Astronomy Australia Ltd Update
Tuesday, 13 June - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Dr George Angelou - Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Stellar Parameters in an Instant with Machine Learning
Tuesday, 6 June - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Dr Felix Binder - Nanyang Technological University - Singapore
Using quantum mechanics to simulate complex stochastic processes
Friday, 2 June - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Dr Richard Plotkin (ICRAR) - Curtin University
Tuesday, 23 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Dr Carlos Kuhn - Australian National University
Non-destructive imaging system as a tool for observing modulation instability in ultra-cold atoms (download flyer)
Friday, 19 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Matter Seminar
Professor Lloyd Hollenberg - University of Melbourne
Quantum-reality bytes: from bio-probes to quantum computing (download flyer)
Wednesday, 17 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Professor Mark Krumholz - Australian National University
Fueling Star Formation Across Cosmic Time
Wednesday, 16 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Dr Ben Farmer - University of Stockholm
Searching for high-energy nuclear recoils using effective field theory and the Xenon 100 dark matter detector (download flyer)
Monday, 15 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Miss Alison Young - University of Exeter
Simulating observations of the first hydrostatic core
Thursday, 11 May - 13:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Mr Daniel Seuss - University of Cologne
Low-rank tensor recovery via alternating least squares
Thursday, 11 May - 13:00 Room 139 (J.L. Williams room), Level 1, 19 Rainforest Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Dr Cesar A. Rodriguez Rosario - University of Hamburg
Electrocuting Schrodinger's cat: Decoherence in quantum transport (download flyer)
Wednesday, 10 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium

Associate Professor Jeffrey Davis - Swinburne University
Non-linear optical spectroscopy for understanding complex systems

Professor David Paganin - Monash University
Deterministic Bragg Coherent Diffraction Imaging

(download flyer)

Tuesday, 9 May - 14:30 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk X-Ray Optics Seminar
Dr James Wurster - University of Exeter
The importance of non-ideal magnetohydrodynamics
Tuesday, 9 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Professor Yuri Levin - Monash University
Magnetic Toys in the Sky
Tuesday, 2 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Dr Cesar A. Rodriguez Rosario - University of Hamburg
Thermodynamics of quantum Coherences to control transport (download flyer)
Friday, 5 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Science Seminar
Dr Amr Hassan - Swinburne University
Introduction to Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS)
Thursday, 27 April - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MoCA Seminar
Dr Marco Tomamichel - University of Technology, Sydney
Information Processing with Small Quantum Devices (download flyer)
Wednesday, 26 April - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Science Seminar
Dr Tyler Corbett - University of Melbourne
Extended Scalar Sectors, Higgs EFTs, and the study of DiHiggs Production (download flyer)
Monday, 10 April - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Associate Professor Paul Jackson - University of Adelaide
How, and where, to search for new Physics in the LHC data (download flyer)
Thursday, 6 April - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Professor Lisa Kewley - ANU
Galaxy Formation and Evolution in 3D (download flyer)
Wednesday, 5 April - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Associate Professor Stefania Xella - University of Copenhagen
Searching for hidden particles at CERN (download flyer)
Friday, 31 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Mr Noel Dawe - University of Melbourne
Parton Shower Uncertainties in Jet Substructure Analyses with Deep Neural Networks (download flyer)
Tuesday, 28 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Professor Saurabh Lodha - Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Contact resistance, doping and carrier transport in emerging MoS2 devices (download flyer)
Wednesday, 15 March - 15:00 Room G29 & G30, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way MCATM Seminar

Dr Sherry Mayo - CSIRO
Time-resolved Micro-CT of dynamic systems at the Australian Synchrotron

Dr Tim Petersen - Monash University
Measurements and uses of phase and amplitude singularities in microscopic wavefields

(download flyer)

Tuesday, 14 March - 14:30 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Imaging & Optical Physics Seminar
Professor Michelle Simmons - University of NSW
Quantum Computing in Silicon with Donor Electron Spins (download flyer)
Wednesday, 1 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Univ.-Professor Dr Francesca Ferlaino - University of Innsbruck (Austria)
Where there is enjoyment, there can be no loss: reflections of a quantum physicist (download flyer)
Monday, 27 February - 13:00 Room G29 & G30, 20 Research Way (New Horizons Building) Women in Science Colloquium
Dr Katherine MacArthur - Ernst Ruska Centre, Forschungszentrum Julich
Quantitative Characterisation of Catalyst Nanoparticles using STEM (download flyer)
Tuesday, 21 February - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Seminar
Professor Chris McConville - RMIT University & University of Warwick
Unusual Electronic Structure of Transparent Conducting Oxide Semiconductors (download flyer)
Friday, 17 February - 11:00 Room G29 & G30, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way MCATM Seminar

Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway - Monash University
Measuring the effectiveness of teaching strategies in Science-based disciplines

Dr Russell Anderson - Monash University
Inspiring students towards scientific computing

Dr Timothy Petersen - Monash University
Integrating Scientific-Computing into Level 2 Physics

Dr Lincoln Turner - Monash University
The Lightboard Project

(download flyer)

Wednesday, 8 February - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Michael Schmidt - Sydney University
Unitarisation of EFT Amplitudes for Dark Matter Searches at the LHC (download flyer)
Friday, 3 February - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Professor Wanqin Jin - Nanjing Tech University
Design and Fabrication of Graphene-based Membranes for Molecular Separation (download flyer)
Tuesday, 31 January - 11:00 The Potter Room 222, Level 2, 18 Alliance Lane MCATM Seminar
Professor Roberto Martinez - National University of Colombia
Mass problem in the Standard Model and neutrino oscillation (download flyer)
Monday, 23 January - 11:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Associate Professor Eric Pop - Standford University
Electronic, Thermal and Unconventional Applications of 2D Materials (download flyer)
Wednesday, 18 January - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MCATM Seminar