Research Projects

Supervisor(s): 

Dennis Stello
NASA's Kepler mission has provided a legacy data set for the study of stars and their planets. Kepler's high precision measurements reveals stellar brightness variations caused by oscillations of standing sound waves inside the stars. Just like the sound of a violin and a bass are different due to their different size, the Stellar Oscillations Group led by Dennis Stello uses observed frequencies of stellar oscillations to determine the sizes and masses of stars and what they are made of. Using this technique -- called asteroseismology -- is currently revolutionizing stellar astrophysics.

Supervisor(s): 

Oleg Sushkov

The CSIRO On-line Analysis (OLA) Group offers opportunities for students to undertake applied physics research projects at our Lucas Heights laboratories.

Honours projects
H1. 3D printed X-ray fluorescence analyser

Supervisor(s): 

Sarah Brough

Galaxies in our local Universe are quite different from the galaxies we see a long way away (which is also a long time ago). I study nearby galaxies in great detail to understand the physical mechanisms that cause them to evolve.

Supervisor(s): 

Oleg Sushkov

.Quantum point contact (QPC) is a one dimensional constriction in a two dimensional electron gas. Conductance of a QPC has been known to be quantized in units of G0 = 2e^2/h since 1988 [1,2].

Supervisor(s): 

Clemens Ulrich

 

Topological spin systems (skyrmions) and novel multiferroic materials investigated by optical spectroscopy and neutron scattering

 

Supervisor(s): 

Dimitrie Culcer

Holes are the absence of electrons in a semiconductor, and have very different spin properties than electrons.

The Acoustics Lab offers projects in the fundamental physics of the voice and of musical instruments. These are usually developed in collaboration with the student, because a project on instrument X is more interesting for a player of X and because the physics of women's voices is qualitatively different from that of men's voices.

Supervisor(s): 

Sarah Martell

Galactic archaeology: Galactic archaeology is the study of the Milky Way's structure and evolution, based on detailed information about the orbits and chemical compositions of the stars in it.

Supervisor(s): 

Chris Tinney
Prof. Tinney undertakes research in the search for, and study of, exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) and brown dwarfs (failed stars that share many properties with exoplanets). In support of these research programs he is a leader of the FunnelWeb spectroscopic survey of the southern sky, and head of the Veloce planet search facility at the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). He uses telescopes in Australia (AAT) and Chile (6.5m Magellan and 8m ESO Very Large Telescope), as well as data from NASA's TESS planet search mission. The project information below is a snapshot of current activities - students interested in this science are encouraged to come and talk further with him for more details, and other projects in this area.

Supervisor(s): 

Paul Curmi

Proteins are nature's nanomachines.  Our research involves determining how proteins operate as machines using the tools of modern physics.

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