Major Grant Success for Physics
UNSW School of Physics researchers have been awarded $3.9M from the Australian Research Council's Major Grant Schemes for 2016.
The School received 5 ARC Discovery Projetcs, which aim to:
establish whether clouds are important in exoplanets and how their occurrence varies with temperature and other properties (led by Prof. Jeremy Bailey)
reveal the mechanisms behind topological and correlation effects to support the development of novel quantum materials (Prof. Oleg Sushkov)
investigate transition metal oxide heterostructures, which offer tremendous opportunities for fundamental research and future technological applications because they combine quantum size effects with effects of strong electron correlations such as magnetic switching, multiferroic coupling or superconductivity (A/Prof. Clemens Ulrich)
advance our basic understanding of the energy transfer processes which are crucial to the operation of organic optoelectronic devices (Dr Dane McCamey), and
develop new materials and techniques for making hole spin-based electronics, engineer long-lived hole spin states, and develop the knowledge that will underpin future spintronic devices for the semiconductor industry (Prof. Alex Hamilton)
Dr Joe Salfi, from the School of Physics and the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, reveiced a Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) award to develop a platform for nanoelectronic devices based on topological insulators, an emerging research area that challenges our understanding of quantum matter at the atomic scale.
The School also received funding throgh the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme, including
$550,000 to support VeloceCal, which will play a pivotal role in determining whether the smallest planets found by NASA's next-generation Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite are terrestrial (like the Earth) or icy (like Neptune), and in unambiguously discovering terrestrial planets orbiting low-mass stars in habitable orbits (Prof. Chris Tinney, Dr Robert Wittenmyer, Dr Sarah Martell), and