Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch

AIP Student Night
AIP members and all students in Physics are invited to attend the AIP
2006 Student Night
Thursday, July 27th, 2006, at 7:30pm
in the Kerr Grant lecture theatre,
Physics building, University of Adelaide

(Note. Security restrictions require that entry to the building is supervised. It is therefore essential that attendees arrive before 7:30pm. Entry will not be possible after this time.)

Postgraduate Physics students from South Australian Universities will talk about their research work:

Sean Manning
School of Chemistry and Physics, University of Adelaide

“Thermal poling of soft glass micro structured fibers (developing visible band fibre lasers)”

Second order nonlinear optical effects are typically forbidden in glass. However, there exists a method to encourage glass to exhibit these effects. This method, known as 'thermal poling', can produce nonlinearities comparable tothose in commercially available nonlinear crystals. For my thesis I am studying the effects of thermal poling on 'soft glasses' with a view to producing micro structured optical fibers that can be incorporated into infrared fiber lasers to generate visible band laser radiation. Through careful design of the micro structured fibers we can control the guidance properties of the fiber to maximise the efficiency of the nonlinear effects. This talk will cover some of more interesting aspects of my work.

Alec Deslandes
School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, Flinders University

"Modifying Surfaces to Build Better Sensors"

Atomic scale control is crucial for successful sensor fabrication. Our group at Flinders is interested in a range of different surfaces to build sensors on, but in each case the surface must be modified from its native state so that the sensor architectures can be built on them. Understanding what happens at this scale is therefore key to being able to control and optimise each process involved in making the sensor. In this talk I will describe what happens to graphite (which is very close to a 'perfect' surface) when it is exposed to highly reactive plasmas of hydrogen and methane.

The Silver Bragg medals, awarded to the best 3rd-year Physics student in 2005 in each University, will be presented during the meeting


Prof. Michael Gore presents Samuel Edwards with the Silver Bragg medal, awarded to the best 3rd-year Physics student at the University of Adelaide in 2005

Prof. Michael Gore and Dr Olivia Samardzic present John Debs with the Silver Bragg medal, awarded to the best 3rd-year Physics student at Flinders University in 2005

Sean Manning represented the University of Adelaide as a Student Night speaker

Alec Deslandes represented Flinders University as a Student Night speaker