Annual Report 2005.pdf - School of Physics - University of Melbourne

Annual Report 2005.pdf - School of Physics - University of Melbourne


School of Physics


The University of Melbourne


The School of Physics staff and postgraduates

Photographer: David Hannah

The University of Melbourne 02

The School of Physics

Mission Statement 04

Head's Report 05

Growing Esteem & Future Directions 06

Governance 06

Executive Manager's Report 06

Contents 2005 >

Academic Staff 07

Research Only Staff 10

Honorary Staff 11

Professional Staff 12

Visitors 14

Research Funding 17


Research Seminar Series 21

Postgraduates in Progress 25

Theses Passed 28

Group Reports & Publications

Astrophysics 31

Experimental Particle Physics 33

Micro-analytical Research Centre 35

Optics 39

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics 41

Theoretical Particle Physics 43

Quantum Communications Victoria 45

Postgraduate Physics Student Society 47

Prizes & Awards 49

Subjects Offered 51

Outreach Programs 52

Alumni 54

Recruiting Organisations 55

More Information 56

The University of Melbourne> XX 02


Postera crescam laude

I shall grow in the esteem of future generations

The University of Melbourne is a centre of

cultural and intellectual life in Australia. Founded

in 1853, the university commenced teaching

its first students in 1855. Its main campus is

located just north of Melbourne’s city centre. It

is ranked as one of Australia’s highest researchintensive

universities. Reinforcing Melbourne’s

position as one of Australia’s leading research

universities is our ability to attract Australian

Postgraduate Awards (APAs), which are awarded

to researchers of great promise. The most recent

annual figures saw Melbourne receive 174 APAs

– more than any other Australian university.

Among those teaching and conducting research

at the University of Melbourne are many people

of international standing and reputation.

As one of Australia’s oldest universities, the

University of Melbourne has a long history of

welcoming international students and has a

sophisticated understanding of the infrastructure

and specialized support where required.

In 2005, the University of Melbourne was ranked

#1 study, The International Standing of Australian

Universities. This follows the worldwide ranking

of the University at #22 by the Times Higher

Education Supplement. Internationalisation is

essential for the development and growth of the

University of Melbourne.

To t h i s e n d t h e U n i v e r s i t y h a s :

Developed formal international exchanged

agreements with over 100 institutions


Established the Eminent Scholars Scheme – an

innovative program designed to enhance our

teaching and research environment;

Included distinguished members of the global

higher education community in its governing

council. The current international member is

Professor John Hood, Vice-Chancellor, University

of Auckland;

Helped to create the prestigious Universitas

21 network – an international network of 17

research-intensive universities in ten countries.

The University’s leading role in setting up and

supporting Universitas 21 has greatly lifted its

reputation in Europe, the United States and

Asia. For further information visit http://www.

The University has established strong links with

industry. The University of Melbourne is a core

participant in 21 of 26 Cooperative Research

Centres and is a supporting participant in the

remaining few. The Government’s Cooperative

Research Centre Program, launched in 1990,

fosters links between industry, educational

institutions and government to encourage

world-class research and to offer business

an opportunity to collaborate with research

institutions on R&D relevant to industry needs.

The benefit of such alliances to postgraduate

students is that they have access to state-ofthe-art

facilities and their learning is informed

by the latest research conducted by world-class


The University of Melbourne>



The Faculty of Science was established in 1903 at

the University of Melbourne, under the first Dean,

Professor Henry Laurie. The Faculty provides

a range of teaching and postgraduate training

programs and community services, based on

a solid foundation of research in the pure and

applied sciences. It comprises four schools

and five departments - Botany, Chemistry,

Earth Sciences, Physics, Genetics, Information

Systems, Mathematics & Statistics, Optometry

& Vision Sciences, and Zoology, and it has an

active involvement in 13 competitively funded

research centres. Over 6,500 undergraduate and

postgraduate students are enrolled across its

10 undergraduate and 12 postgraduate courses

and its Honours program.

Faculty staff gain approximately $22 million a

year in competitive research grants, through

peer-assessed grants, the Australian Research

Council (ARC), the National Health and Medical

Research Council (NHMRC) and other national

funding and industry agencies. Its international

agenda includes joint research ventures,

exchange of staff and students, recruitment

of overseas students and the inclusion of a

global perspective in curricula. Through the

quality of its research and teaching, the Faculty

enjoys a strong reputation, both nationally and


For over 100 years, our Faculty of Science has

been recognised internationally for the role in

expanding the frontiers of knowledge for the

betterment of society.

"Providing outstanding innovative

teaching and learning, research and

research training, and knowledge

transfer programs"

The School of Physics >



To advance the knowledge and understanding

of physics for the benefit of society, science

and the environment by continually achieving

excellence in teaching and research. Our aim

is to be one of the best Physics Schools in the


The School of Physics is one of the oldest and

largest in Australia. It houses approximately 200

teaching & research academic staff, research

staff, professional staff, postgraduate and 4th

year Honours students. The School is justifiably

proud of its internationally competitive and

comprehensive undergraduate and research

programs, particularly with the Honours,

Masters and PhD programs.

The major research strengths of the department

staff span a diverse range of interests including

astrophysics, atom optics, cosmology, condensed

matter physics, experimental particle physics,

medical physics, nanotechnology and materials

science, theoretical particle physics, quantum

information science, X-ray and imaging optics.

The breadth and depth of interests is reflected in

the undergraduate teaching programs.

The School enjoys excellent international

reputation in research with its collaborators in

CERN (Switzerland), KEK (Japan), Advanced

Photon Source (USA), Argonne Lab (USA),

Hubble Telescope (USA), NASA, NIST, National

Oakridge Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley

Laboratories, and many top universities in

Europe, North America and Asia.

In addition, the School locally collaborates with

researchers at other Australian facilities such

as Anglo-Australian Telescope, APAC, Austin

Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute,

Parkes Telescope, Australian Synchrotron,

Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Howard Florey

Institute, CSIRO as well as laboratory facilities

within the University of Melbourne Schools and

Departments of Biochemical & Microbiology,

Chemistry, Computer Science, Medicine,

Pathology and Chemical & Biomolecular


The School has an outstanding record of

achievement in attracting external research

funding including grants from the Australian

Research Council (ARC), Australian Academy

of Science, Victorian Government and USA

government bodies.

The School’s research activities are aligned

according to 6 research groups:

Astrophysics (Astro)

Experimental Particle Physics (EPP)

Micro-analytical Research Centre (MARC)


Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (TCMP)

Theoretical Particle Physics (TPP)


Head of School, Professor Geoffrey Taylor

In addition, the School currently hosts the

Melbourne node of the ARC Centre of Excellence

for Quantum Computing Computer Technology.

This year we were successful in attracting

major funding for two new initiatives: the ARC

Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science

and a special research centre – Quantum

Communications Victoria (QCV) – an applied

physics R&D effort in the area of quantum

information science and cryptography.

The School houses a suite of premier research

laboratories and facilities within the Faculty of

Science. These include:

• a clean room complex equipped with

advanced instrumentation for materials

fabrication, characterisation and analysis

including focused ion beam microscopes, UHV

AFM/STM scanning probe system, UV Raman

spectrometer, and a pulsed laser deposition


• a particle detector development and

construction facility comprising clean rooms,

precision wirebonder detector development,

assembly and evaluation capabilities.

• state-of-the-art X-ray, laser, microscopy

and atom optics laboratories

• a 5 MV Pelletron accelerator providing

source of MeV ion beams in 5 beamlines

used in nuclear microprobe systems

• excellent library with extensive collection

of journals , books and texts (mostly on-line) to

service the teaching and research activities of

the School (as well as external institutions)

The annual report of the School of Physics is an

important communication between the School,

the University and the broader community. We

are delighted that you are taking the time to

consult it.

The work of an academic department takes

many forms but teaching and research are at

its heart. In the pages of this report you will

find a snap-shot of our research and teaching

activities in 2005. In doing so, we celebrate

the achievements of our students, including 05

those who have won academic prizes and

those who have completed degrees. The report

also celebrates the achievements of our staff,

including the papers they have published and

the research grants they have been awarded.

We celebrate the diversity of our staff and

students, their interests and backgrounds. We

are passionate in our commitment to highest

standards in teaching and research in physics.



Guided by the University of Melbourne’s strategy

of Growing Esteem, our community of staff and

students continue to contribute strongly in each

of the three important elements of a world-class


Research – Faculty of Science researchers

operate at the highest levels internationally

across a breadth of disciplines, contributing

to the store of human knowledge, finding

applications that benefit society and informing

teaching programs which position our students

for the international marketplace;

Learning and Teaching – attracting the best

and brightest from around Australia and

internationally, Science at Melbourne offers a

broad range of disciplines to prepare scientists

and professionals for the challenges of


Knowledge Transfer – by engaging with industry,

schools and our community, locally and around

the world, our staff, students and alumni are

able to define, analyse and help solve complex

issues in science and business.


The School continues to be well served

by the following Committee Structure and


Academic Programs

Jeff McCallum (Chair), Andrew Melatos, Lloyd

Hollenberg, Ray Volkas, Andy Martin, Ann

Roberts, David Jamieson, Elisabetta Barberio,

Helen Conley, Colin Entwisle (Executive Officer),

Finance & Facilities

Geoffrey Taylor (Chair), David Jamieson, Chris

Chantler, Rachel Webster, Steven Prawer, Robert

Scholten, William Belcher, Russel Walsh, Helen

Conley, Marcia Damjanovitch-Napoleon Executive

Officer), Paul Spizziri, Chris Witte (ex officio)

Promotions & Marketing

David Jamieson (Chair), Ann Roberts, Rachel

Webster, Roger Rassool, Geoffrey Taylor, Bruce

McKellar, Michelle Livett, Elisabetta Barberio,

Helen Conley, Joanne Kuluveovski, Cilla Gloger

(Executive Officer), Brant Gibson, Nick Stavrios

(ex officio)

Research & Industry

Ray Volkas (Chair) , Stuart Wyithe, Chris Chantler,

Les Allen, Rachel Webster, Keith Nugent, Helen

Conley, Joanne Kuluveovski, Cilla Gloger

(Executive Officer), Shane Huntington, Shannon

Orbons (ex officio)


Rob Scholten (Chair), Wayne Powrie, Paul

Spizziri, Phil Lyons, Steven Prawer, Helen

Conley, Mary Fernandes (Executive Officer),

Marco La Rosa, Matthew Lay (ex officio)


Geoffrey Taylor (Chair), Ray Volkas, Rachel

Webster, David Jamieson, Steven Prawer,

Keith Nugent, Bruce McKellar, Les Allen,

Helen Conley (Executive Officer), Sasha

Ignatiev, Chris Johnson (ex officio)

School Meeting

Geoffrey Taylor (Chair) , all staff, Paul Fraser (ex

officio), Joanne Kuluveovski (Executive Officer)

Executive Manager, Ms Helen Conley


The Teaching and Research effort of the

School has been well supported again this

year by excellent professional staff. Joanne

Kuluveovski joined the School as Research and

Communication Officer to support the School’s

research effort. Kristine Philipp was employed as

administrative support to the Head while Julie

Warden, formerly with Human Resources at the

university, moved across to support the finance

team within the School.

Within the IT group, we farewelled Tas Dionisakis

and Nick Savvides who both moved onto

positions within the university. They are replaced

by Kathryn Sparks, Simeon Scott and Linh Vu.

Later in the year, Jude Prezens joined Nick

Nicola in the undergraduate laboratories, while

Michael Gangoiti moved to the administration

team primarily to replace Ms Mary Fernandes

on reception.

Building works have included the refurbishment

of the professorial offices on Level 7, the

development of a teleconference room, the

installation of a new chiller in the basement

and the commencement of a major upgrade of

the Geoff Opat Seminar Room. Level 2 offices

were also refurbished to create space for the

newly funded QCV group. The IT office area

was upgraded to accommodate all the staff in

one central area. A new office space has also

been created in Level 1, utilizing better the space

formerly occupied by the sick bay area.


Academic Staff >



Head of School

Geoffrey Taylor

BSc(Hons) MSc UWA, PhD Hawaii, MAIP MAPS

Research Interests: high energy particle physics,

physics beyond the Standard Model, CERN

laboratory, ATLAS project, supersymmetry,

Higgs boson, CP violation, GRID computing,

positron emission topography, medical physics

Teaching Interests: Principles and Applications

of Physics

Deputy Head of School

Raymond Volkas

BSc(Hons) PhD Melb FAIP

Research Interests: beyond the standard model,

neutrinos, branes and extra dimensions, particle

cosmology, particle phenomenology, early


Teaching Interests: Quantum mechanics

Federation Fellow

Keith Nugent

BSc(Hons) Adel, PhD ANU, FAA FAIP

Research Interests: optics, synchrotron science,

x-rays, coherence, quantitative phase imaging,

biophysics, protein membrane imaging

Teaching Interests: n/a

Bruce McKellar

BSc(Hons), PhD Syd, DSc Melb, FAA FInstP FAIP


Research Interests: B Physics, neutrinos, CP

Violation, quantum chromodynamics, early

universe, particle phenomenology, general

theoretical physics.

Teaching Interests: Electromagnetism, Subatomic

physics, Quantum mechanics

David Jamieson

BSc(Hons), PhD Melb, FAIP, FInst, MAPS

Research Interests: quantum computing,

nanotechnology, quantum physics, diamond,

silicon, ion beam physics and analysis, ion

implantation, microprobes, semiconductors,

charge injection in semiconductors

Teaching Interests: Advanced physics,

Electromagnetic & Special relativity, Further

Classical & Quantum Mechanics

Steven Prawer

BSc(Hons), PhD Monash, DSc Melb, MAIP MRS

Research Interests: quantum information

processing, diamond, ion implantation,

micromachining, quantum optics, quantum

communication, ion beam analysis, single photon

sources, qubits, nanotechnology

Teaching Interests: Sensors, Condensed Matter


Rachel Webster

BSc Monash, MSc Sussex, PhD Cambridge

Research Interests: radio astronomy, cosmology,

terabyte datasets, low frequency radio telescope,

first stars, epoch of reionisation, galaxy

formation, solar wind, quasars, gravitational

lensing, eResearch

Teaching Interests: Solar systems & cosmos,

astrophysics, special relativity,

Robert Scholten

BSc Adelaide, BSc(Hons) PhD Flinders, MAIP,


Research Interests: atom optics, quantum optics,

atomic physics, laser cooling, imaging, quantum

imaging, atomic coherence, lasers

Teaching Interests: Advanced Physics,

Computational Physics



Les Allen

BSc(Hons), MSc Port Elizabeth, PhD Sth Africa

Research Interests: atomic resolution imaging

and spectroscopy, electron scattering, inner-shell

ionization, phase imaging

Teaching Interests: Atomic, Molecular and Solid

State Physics; Scattering & Imaging


Ann Roberts

BSc(Hons) PhD Syd, MAIP

Research Interests: optics, photonics,

Nanophotonics, Imaging, Microscopy

Teaching Interests: Biomedical Physics, Standard

Physics, Optics


Christopher Chantler

BSc(Hons) UWA, DPhil Oxon

Research Interests: X-ray optics, synchrotron,

X-ray Absorption Fine Structure, powder

diffraction, radiation shielding, atomic physics

& quantum electro-dynamics, condensed matter


Teaching Interests: Electromagnetism & Special

Relativity; Thermal Physics; Quantum Optics

Martin Sevior

BSc(Hons) PhD Melb, FAIP

Research Interests: high energy physics, quarks,

anti-matter, Higgs particle, Data Grid

Teaching Interests: Quantum Mechanics;


Lloyd Hollenberg

BSc(Hons) PhD Melb, MAIP

Research Interests: theoretical quantum

computing and information, qubit system

modelling and control, algorithm, single electron

transistor, decoherence of gate operations,

quantum error correction

Teaching Interests: Advanced Physics; Stars &


Girish Joshi

BSc Agra, MSc Allahabad, PhD Delhi

Research Interests: quaternions, octonions,

non-commutative geometry, chaotic maps,

guage theoretic model building, particle


Teaching Interests: Quantum Mechanics;

Quantum Field Theory; General Relativity

Prof Keith Nugent and Assoc Prof Les Allen


Elisabetta Barberio

MSc Bologna, PhD Siegen

Research Interests: experimental particle physics,

dark matter, cosmology, ATLAS experiment,

CERN laboratory, Higgs boson, structure of the

universe, origin of the mass

Teaching Interests: Principles and Applications

of Physics, Particle Physics


Andrew Martin

BSc(Hons) PhD Lancaster

Research Interests: theoretical condensed matter

physics, Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum

Hall Effect, superfluids, superconductivity

Teaching Interests: Further classical & Quantum

mechanics, Thermal Physics

Michelle Livett

BSc(Hons) PhD LaTrobe, DipEd MCAE , MAIP

Research Interests: Physics education

Teaching Interests: Biomedical Physics

Andrew Melatos

BSc(Hons) PhD Syd

Research Interests: neutron stars, gravitational

waves, plasma physics, superfluids

Teaching Interests: Electrodynamics, Statistical


Jeffrey McCallum

BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Research Interests: epitaxy and defect studies in

silicon, semi-conductor physics disorder defects

and amorphisation, open volume defects, ion

implantation, solid phase epitaxial growth,

shallow junctions, new materials science

Teaching Interests: Advanced Physics, Quantum

Mechanics and Thermal Physics

Stuart Wyithe

BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Research Interests: astrophysics, cosmology,

first stars, reionization, black holes, gravitational

lensing, the early universe, eclipsing binaries,


Teaching Interests: Extragalactic astrophysics &

Cosmology; Stars & Galaxies


James Richmond

LLB(Hons) BSc(Hons) Melb


Roger Rassool

BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Research Interests: particle and nuclear physics,

nuclear particle photons, industrial applications

of physics, instrumentation, silicon detectors,

medical physics

Teaching Interests: Advanced Physics, Standard

Physics, Instruments for Scientists, Energy &


Dr Andy Martin


Senior Research Fellows

Shane Huntington, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Harry Quiney, BSc(Hons) MSc Monash, DPhil Oxon

Paul Spizzirri, BAppSc Swinburne, MSc Melb

Steven Trpkovski, BSc(Hons) PhD VUT

Centenary Fellow

Duncan Galloway, BSc(Hons) PhD Tas

Australian Research Fellow

Chanh Tran, BSc(Hons) BE, PhD Melb

Dr Nicoletta Dragomir

Australian Postdoctoral Fellows

Nicoletta Dragomir, BSc Romania PhD VUT MAIP

Adrian Flitney, BSc(Hons) Tas, PhD Adel

Paolo Olivero, MSc PhD Torino

Patrick Reichart, PhD Munich


Research Fellows

Eric Ampem-Lassen, DipEd BSc MPhil Ghana, PhD Melb

David Barnes, BSc PhD Melb

Markus Bischofberger, BSc PGDip PhD Zurich

Bipin Dhal, BSc MSc MPhil PhD India MAIP

Mark Dijkstra, BSc MSc Groningen, PhD Columbia

Scott Findlay, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Robert Foot, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Brant Gibson, BE PhD LaTrobe

Andrew Greentree, BSc(Hons) Adel, PhD ANU

Justin Kimpton, BSc(Hons) PhD Swinburne

Marco La Rosa, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Adrian Mancuso, BSc(Hons) Melb

Katherine Manson, BSc PhD ANU

Glenn Moloney, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Matthew O’Dowd, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Christopher Pakes, BSc(Hons) PhD Birmingham

Nicholas Parker, MSci PhD Durham

James Rabeau, BSc Waterloo PhD Heriot-Watt

Sergey Rubanov, MSc Russia, PhD NSW

Elizabeth Trajkov, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Randall Wayth, BSc BE PGDip PhD Melb

Cameron Wellard, BSc PhD Melb

Garth Williams, BSc Akron, MS PhD Illinois

Jared Winton, BSc Melb

Lyle Winton, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Changyi Yang, BSc MSc PhD Sweden


Professors Emeritus

Herbert Bolotin, BSc CUNY MSc PhD Indiana


David Caro, DSc(Hons) MSc LLB(Hons) Tas,


Anthony George Klein, AM BEE PhD DSc Melb


Colin Arnold Ramm, MSc UWA PhD Birm,


Professorial Fellows

Allan Clark, BSc Tas, DPhil Oxon., University of


Jeremy Mould, BSc(Hons) Melb, PhD ANU,

University of Arizona

Colin Norman, BE Melb, DPhil Oxon, The John

Hopkins University

Sir Andrew Grimwade and Prof Sankar Das Sarma

Miegunyah Fellow

Professor Sankar Das Sarma

Distinguished University Professor & Director of

Condensed Matter Theory Center, University of

Maryland, USA


Principal Fellows with the title Associate


KenAmos, BSc PhD Adel DSc Melb, FAIP

Zwi Barnea, BSc MSc PolytechLNY PhD Melb,


Les Bursill, BSc DipEd Melb, PhD Monash DSc


Norman Frankel, BSc MIT PhD Melb

James Jury, BSc MSc PhD Tor

Fulvio Melia, BSc(Hons) Melb, PhD MIT

Edmund Muirhead, MSc PhD Melb, MAIP

Alan Spargo, BSc PhD WA, MAIP

Maxwell Thompson, MSc PhD Melb DSc FAIP

Stuart Tovey, BA Canterbury, PhD Bristol, MAIP

John Wignall, BA BSc MSc Melb, PhD Cant

Senior Fellows

Brendan Allman, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb, DipEd

Monash, MBA LaTrobe

Valery Gurarie, MSc PhD Moscow

Graeme O'Keefe, BSc PhD Melb

Salvy Russo, BSc Melb, PhD RMIT


Igor Andrienko, MSc PhD Russia MRACI

David Bardos, BSc PhD Melb

Vivianne Buzzi, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb PGDipMgmt


Alberto Cimmino, BSc Naples MSc Melb PhD


Mukunda Das, MSc PhD India

Michael Drinkwater, BSc Syd PhD Cant

Matthias Eberspaecher, PhD JLUGieben


Moshi Geso, PhD California

Steven Karataglidis, BSc MSc, AssDipMusic PhD


Victor Kowalenko, BSc PhD Melb

Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway, BA Belgrade

BSc(Hons) NSW, PhD US

Victoria Millar, BSc(Hons) DipEd MSc Melb

Andrew Peele, BSc LLB PhD Melb

Andrew Rawlinson, BSc PhD Adel

Emma Ryan-Weber, BSc(Hons) PhD Melb

Meryl Waugh, BSc(Hons) Monash DipEd TTC

PhD Melb

Apparatus for the measurement of mechanical equivalent heat, with Eric Hercus

and Jack Osborne , 1920

Professional Staff >



Ms Helen Conley, BSc Deakin DipEd Monash

Adv. Dip Gestalt Psychotherapy

Executive Manager

Mr Russell Walsh, Diploma Electronics RMIT

Finance & Resources Manager

Ms Kristine Philipp, BA (Hons) LaTrobe

PA to Head & Administrator

Ms Rhiannon Taylor

Project Officer, QCV

Mrs Julie Warden

Administrative Assistant (Finance)

Ms Janet Carlon,

MARC administrator

Ms Marcia Damjanovich-Napoleon, BA UWA

Finance Officer

Mr Michael Gangoiti, Diploma Electronics


Ms Cilla Gloger, NHDip Admin Sth Africa

Administrative Officer

Ms Mary Fernandes

Reception (part-time)



Mr Colin Entwisle, BSc(Hons) Melb

Teaching Administrative Officer

Ms Joanne Kuluveovski, BSc(Hons) Melb

Research & Communications Officer

Ms Kamala Lekange,


Ms Helga Kendy

Reception (part-time)


Mr William Belcher, BElecE

Manager, IT services

Mr Tas Dionisakos

IT Support Officer

Mr Timothy Dyce, BSc

Faculty Systems and IT Administrator

Mr Peter Fuggle

Systems Network Officer

Mr Nick Savvides

IT Officer CQCT

Mr Simeon Scott

IT Support Officer

Ms Kathryn Sparks

IT Support Officer

Mr Linh Vu, BComSci Melb

Web and Database Administrator


Mr Roland Szymanski, PostgradDip Vacuum

Technology, Certificate Industrial Electronics

Technical Manager

Mr Eliecer Bonilla Parra, Certificate Fitter &


Technical Officer

Mr Ashley French, Certificates in Mechanical

Instrumentation Making, Fitter & Turner

Technical Officer

Mr Philip Gargano

Technical Officer

Mr Stephen Gregory, BAppSc(Hons), BE


Technical Officer

Mr Scott Moncrieff

Technical Officer EPP

Mr Wayne Powrie, Certificates in Toolmaking,

Fitter & Turner

Senior Technical Officer



Mr Nick Nicola, BAppSc RMIT

Laboratory Manager

Mr Steven Damen, BSc Ballarat

Technical Officer

Mr Sandor Szilagyi

Senior Electronics Technician

Mr Michael Zammit, Certificate Fitter &


Technical Officer

Dr David Hoxley, BSc (Hons) PhD Melb

2nd and 3rd Year Laboratory Coordinator

Mr Philip Lyons

Technical Officer

Mr Jude Prezens, BAppSc RMIT

Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant

Visitors >


The School of Physics encourages international exchanges and visitors to the department, including

academics of international standing in their field of study.

Dr Jenni Adams, BSc(Hons) DPhil Oxon

Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Mr Andrew Alves, BSc RMIT

PhD, School of Applied Science, RMIT, Australia

Dr David Belton, BSc(Hons) JCU PhD Melb

CSIRO Exploration and Mining, School of Geosciences, Monash University, Australia

Mr Adam Boag

PhD, School of Applied Science, RMIT, Australia

Professor Sankar Das Sarma

Distinguished University Professor & Director of Condensed Matter Theory Center,

University of Maryland, USA

Dr Michael Brown, BSc(Hons) MSc PhD Melb

Research Associate, Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, USA

Professor Sudhendu Choudhury, BSc MSc PhD Dehli

Department of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi

Mr Jules Cluitmans

PhD candidate, Department of Applied Physics, Technicial University of Eindhoven

Mr Martin Draganski, BSc RMIT

PhD, School of Applied Science, RMIT, Australia

Dr Vladimir Gudkov, MSc PhD Russia

Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of South Carolina,


Professor Xiao-Gang He, BSc China MSc PhD Hawaii

Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Professor Phillip Hemmer, BSc Dayton PhD MIT

Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A & M University, Texas, USA

Associate Professor Yanping Huang, BSc MSc PhD China

Physics Department, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Professor Rafi Kalish, MSc PhD Israel

Institute of Solid State Physics, Technion, Israel


Dr Alexander Kalloniatis, BSc(Hons) Tas, PhD Adel

Australian Research Fellow, CSSM, University of Dortmund, Germany

Professor Yong Kim, BSc MSc PhD Korea

Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences, Cheju National University, Republic of Korea

Dr Weihua Liu, BEG MEG China PhD Monash

CSIRO Exploration and Mining, School of Geosciences, Monash University, Australia

Dr Gerard Monnom, HDR PhD France

Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique,

Univesite de nice-Sohia Antipolis, Nice, France

Miss Bridget Murphy, BSc(Hons) Monash

PhD candidate, Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University, Australia

Mr Silvio Petriconi

PhD candidate, Faculty of Physics and Geosciences, Institute for Experimental Physic II, Department

of Nuclear Solid State Physics, University of Leipzig, Germany

Professor Lisa Randall, BA PhD Harvard

Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Dr Werner Richter BSc(Hons) South Africa, MSc Kansas, PhD South Africa

Physics Department, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland, South Africa

Professor Joseph Salzman, BSc MSc PhD Israel

School of Electrical Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel

Dr Bart Smeets, BSc Belgium, MSc PhD Netherlands

Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology,The Netherlands

Professor Gerard Stephenson Jr, BSc PhD Massachusetts

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA

Dr Juris Svenne, BSc Canada PhD Massachusetts

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Dr Jian Yin Sze, BE Singapore

Ion Beam Processing Laboratory, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Charles Tahan, BSc Virginia PhD Wisconsin

Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK

Mr Michael Taylor, BSc RMIT

PhD, School of Applied Science, RMIT, Australia

Mr Rick Van Bijnen, BSc The Netherlands

PhD, Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands


Dr Zbigniew Was, MSc PhD Poland

The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow, Poland

Dr Chris Pakes

Research Funding >


The School of Physics is proud of its success

in competitive research grants gained

predominately from the Australian Research

Council. The list below represents new and

current research funding awarded to the

University of Melbourne in 2005 only, unless

indicated otherwise.


Dr Elisabetta Barberio

Travel Visit to Europe



Dr Paolo Olivero

Study of Deuterium Incorporation in Diamond

Nanocrystals Embedded in a Fused Quartz Matrix

by Means of Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy



Dr Chanh Tran

Correlations in a Synchrotron Beam Measured

Using Phase Space Tomography


Dr Bipin Dhal

Coherent X-ray Diffraction Imaging of Malaria

Affected Blood Cells


Dr Garth Williams

Coherent Diffractive Imaging of Nanostructured




Associate Professor Les Allen

Atomic Resolution Imaging and Spectroscopy


Associate Professor Christopher Chantler

Dr Chanh Tran, Dr Harry Quiney, Assoc Prof Zwi


Synchrotron Developments of New Techniques in

X-ray Interactions With Matter, Resolving Major

Discrepancies in Quantum Physics and Chemistry


Professor David Jamieson et al

Foundation Studies of Ion-beam Nanotechnology


Professor David Jamieson et al

ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer

Technology (Melbourne node)


Dr Adrian Flitney

Quantum Decoherence: A Game - Theoretic



Dr Shane Huntington

Nano-Engineering of Optical Fibre Fresnel



Professor Bruce McKellar

Neutrino Physics: A Window on Physics Beyond

the Standard Model


Dr Andrew Martin

Dynamics of Interacting Bose Gases/Fluids in

Atomic and Condensed Matter Systems


Professor Keith Nugent et al

Advanced X-ray Optical Systems: From

Innovative Idea to Intelligent Implementation


Professor Keith Nugent et al

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-Ray



Professor Keith Nugent

Associate Professor Robert Scholten

Non-interferometric Phase Measurement of

Exotic Waves


Professor Keith Nugent

Development in Optical Sciences - Federation



Professor Steven Prawer et al

Diamond Quantum Dots Fabricated by Ion



Professor Steven Prawer et al

MNRF Nanostructural Analysis


Dr James Rabeau

Diamond Single Photon Source


Associate Professor Ann Roberts

Innovation in Photonic Device Imaging: The

Keystone for Future Technologies


Associate Professor Ann Roberts

Micro-characterisation of Rare-Earth-doped

Optical Fibres


Associate Professor Robert Scholten

Associate Professor Ann Roberts

Quantum and Classical Imaging With Light and



Associate Professor Martin Sevior

The Development of Data Grids For High Energy



Associate Professor Martin Sevior

Professor Geoffrey Taylor

Associate Professor Stuart Tovey

Frontier Experiments in High energy Physics


Professor Geoffrey Taylor et al

Support for the Australian Experimental High

Energy Physics Program


Professor Geoffrey Taylor et al

High Precision Silicon Pixel Detectors for High

Energy Physics, Synchrotron and Medical

Imaging Applications


Professor Raymond Volkas

Particle Physics and Cosmology of Neutrinos



Professor Raymond Volkas

Associate Professor Lloyd Hollenberg

Professor Bruce McKellar

Associate Professor Girish Joshi

In and Beyond the Standard Model of Particle



Professor Rachel Webster et al

Australian Virtual Observatory


Professor Rachel Webster

Dr Andrew Melatos

Formation and Evolution in the Extragalactic



Professor Rachel Webster

Gravitational Lensing Probes of Quasar



Dr Stuart Wyithe

The First Objects in the Universe


Dr Stuart Wyithe

The End of the Dark Ages of the Universe



Dr Chanh Tran

ANSTO Travel



Associate Professor Robert Scholten

Phase Imaging of Cold Atoms


Dr Shane Huntington et al

Ultra High Throughput Optical Probes


Professor Geoffrey Taylor et al

Australian High Energy Physics Collaboration

with CERN




Professor Keith Nugent

Advancing X-ray and Electron Imaging


Dr Shane Huntington et al

Quantum Communication Victoria - Industry

Development Initiative



Associate Professor Ann Roberts

Professor Keith Nugent

Sponsoring Research Higher Degree Stipend -

Optics Characterisation Using Quantitative

Phase Imaging




Associate Professor Christopher Chantler

ANSTO Travel



Associate Max Thompson

Dr Roger Rassool

Outreach Programme


Melbourne Research & Innovation Office

Dr James Rabeau

Melbourne Research Grant Scheme

Diamond Single Photon Source


Associate Professor Chris Chantler

Melbourne Research Grant Scheme

Critical Tests of Quantum Electro-dynamics in



Dr Elisabetta Barberio

Early Career Researchers’ Grant

Understanding the Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry

in the Universe


Dr Andrew Martin

Early Career Researchers’ Grant

Scattering of Dilute Gas Bose-Einstein





Professor Steven Prawer

Quantum Computing in Diamond



Professor Rachel Webster

Australian e-Astronomy and Astrophysics


Dr Glenn Moloney

Australian Data Grid for Experimental &

Theoretical High Energy Physics


Prof Bruce McKellar and Prof Helen Quinn

Research Seminar Series >


School of Physics Colloquia

Prof Sankar Das Sarma, University of Maryland

Tidbits about qubits: Spin quantum computation in semiconductor nanostructures (Jan 27)

Joachim Ullrich, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany

The Attosecond Heisenberg-Microscope (Jan 28)

Prof Helen Quinn, Stanford University

What is the difference between matter and antimatter in the laws of Physics? (Feb 28)

Prof Keith Nugent, School of Physics, University of Melbourne

The Centre of Excellence in Coherent X-ray Science (Mar 2)

Prof Rafi Kalish, Technion, Haifa, Israel

Diamond: a new high-tech semiconductor with outstanding properties (Mar 16)

Dr Michelle Livett, School of Physics, University of Melbourne on behalf of AUTC

Physics project

Key Findings from the National Physics Project on Learning and Teaching (Apr 6)

Dr Nicole Bell, Kellogg Radiation laboratory, Caltech, USA

Topics in Particle Physics and Cosmology (Apr 8)

Dr Damien Easson, Syracuse University, USA

Cosmology, String Theory and Why We Live in a Three Dimensional Universe (Apr 8)

Prof Brad Gibson, Swinburne University

Building a Universe Byte-by-Byte (Apr 13)

Assoc Prof TC Ralph, ARC CQCT, University of Queensland

Quantum Teleportation: What is it? What is it good for? (May 4)

Prof Dick Manchester, ARC Federation Fellow, Australia Telescope National Facility,


Pulsars and Gravity 9 (May 11)

Dr Roland Crocker, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Neutrons and Neutrinos from the Center of the Galaxy (May 18)

Prof Robert A Vincent, University of Adelaide

Atmospheric Waves and their impact on the Atmosphere and Climate (May 25)

Prof Rod Tucker, Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne

Slow Light Optical Buffers for Data Storage (Jul 20)

Prof George Ellis, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Cosmology: Critical View of Cosmology Today (Jul 22)


Prof Klaus H. Ploog , Paul Drude Inst for Solid State Electronics, Germany

Ferromagnet-Semiconductor Nanostructures for Spintronics (Jul 25)

Assoc Prof Vladimir Gudkov, University of South Carolina

Fundamental Neutron Physics at the Spallation Neutron Source (Jul 27)

Dr Brenton Hall, ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics, Centre for Atom

Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Swinburne University of Technology

Bose Einstein Condensates in A Permanent Magnetic Film Atom Chip (Aug 3)

Prof Pip Pattison and Dr Garry Robins, Department of Psychology, University of


Exponential random graph models for social networks (Aug 10)

Prof Lisa Randall, Harvard University, USA

Localized Gravity (Aug 17)

Dr Leo Brewin, School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University

Black holes and Numerical General Relativity (Aug 24)

Dr Robert H Frater , VP for Innovation, ResMed Ltd

A journey from industry to industry (Aug 31)

Dr Jenni Adams

Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Opening a New Window on the Universe with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (Sep 7)

Dr Andrew Melatos, School of Physics, University of Melbourne

Superfluids in Neutron Stars (Sept 14)

Prof Bruce McKellar, School of Physics, University of Melbourne

Ethics in research and teaching (Oct 5)

Prof Robert Elliman, Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, RSPhysSE ANU

Light from Silicon – size does matter! (Oct 12)

Dr George Dracoulis , RSPhysSE, Australian National University

Metastable States and Nuclear Spectroscopy (Oct 19)

Prof Howard Wiseman, ARC Centre for Quantum Computer Technology, Griffith


Einstein and the Prehistory of Quantum Computing (Oct 26)

Prof Michelle Simmons , Federation Fellow, University of New South Wales

Scanning Probe Microscopy for Atomic-scale Device Fabrication (Nov 2)

Prof Ed Hinds, Centre for Cold Matter, Imperial College, London

Atom chips: a vision for quantum information processing (Nov 23)


Seminars - Theory

Dr Shui Yin Lo

Onsager relations, water clusters and infrared imaging system ( Feb18)

Prof Jim Jury, Trent University

2-quark photo-production, on a 9-quark system (Mar 2)

Prof Bruce Barrett, University of Arizona, USA

The Ab Initio No-Core Shell Model And Its Applications (Jul 26)

Assoc Prof Vladimir Gudkov, University of South Carolina

Neutron beta-decay: radiative and recoil corrections and sensitivity to new physics (Aug 2)

Dr Jenni Adams, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

From Gamma Ray Bursts to Light in Ice (Sept 6)

Leanne Duffy, Department of Physics, University of Florida, USA

Yukawa scalar self-mass on a conformally flat background (Dec16)

Seminars - Optics

Dr Klaus-Dieter Liss, Bragg Institute, ANSTO, Lucas Heights Science and Technology

Centre, NSW

High-Energy Synchrotron Radiation: A Unique Tool For Bulk Investigations Of Crystalline Materials


Mr Thijs Meijer, University of Melbourne, and Eindhoven University, The Netherlands

Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) and lasing without population inversion (Apr 27)

Dr Matthew Sellars, Laser Physics Centre, RSPhysSE, ANU

Quantum computing with rare-earth ions (Jun 2)

Dr Arturo Lezama, Institute of Physics, Universidad de la República, Uraguay

Coherence effects in “slow” and “fast” light atomic media (Jun 17)

Dr Bart Smeets, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Atom lithography of Fe (22-Jun)

Ruben Dilanian, Department of Physics, Monash University

Image reconstruction from X-Ray diffraction data (Oct 19)

Prof Wolfgang Treimer, Technische Fachhochschule, - Berlin, University of Applied

Sciences, Germany

Advances in Neutron Tomography (Dec 14)


Seminars - Astrophysics

Dr Paul Francis, Australian Gemini Project Scientist, Australia National University

Gemini Telescopes Update (Mar 9)

Dr Matthew Baring, Rice University

Gamma-Ray Bursts and Cosmic Rays: Implications from Shock Acceleration Theory (Mar16)

Dr Jamie Stevens, School of Physics, University of Melbourne

What do loose groups tell us about galaxy formation? (Apr 5)

Dr Scott Croom, Anglo-Australian Observatory

The Evolution of Super-Massive Black Holes (Jun 2)

Dr Doug Johnstone, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Canada (Jul 22)

Dr Chris Tinney, Anglo-Australian Observatory & ARC College of Experts

Proposal Writing for Fun and Profit ...and a Career (Aug 19)

Prof Jeremy Mould, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, USA

The distance to the radiogalaxy Centaurus A and the Thirty Meter Telescope (Sep 5)

Dr Andre Fletcher, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory

Radio-loud AGN Surveys, Black Hole Magnetosphere Theories, and Sgr A* Variability (Oct 24)

Seminars – Experimental Particle Physics

Dr Zbigniew Was, Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN Krakow, Poland

Photos as a pocket Parton Shower - and recent developments (Jul 7)

Postgraduates and research staff: Philip, Scott, Paul, Rotha, Adrian, Lachlan, Garth and Clare

Postgraduates in Progress >



Ang, Joo Chew

Quantum computing

Aruldoss, Celine K

Novel methods for the determination of the

coherence properties of classical fields

Atkinson, Tom ME

Studies in high energy physics at the Atlas


Bellair, Catherine J

Quantitative phase microscopy: performing

measurements of the refractive index and

volume of cells

Carson, Ben J

The phenomenology of higher dimensional


Conrad, Vincent

Readout for solid state quantum computer

Coulthurst, Andrew

The phenomenology of the physics of extra


Crosby, Sean C

New directions in ghost imaging

Dalseno, Jeremy P

Using B - D* + D*- Ks to measure cos 2ϕ1

Demaria, Alison

Extensions of standard model

Devitt, Simon J

Quantum algorithm development

Cole, Jared H

Theoretical and computational investigation of a

type-II quantum computer

Colton, Imogen

Propagation-based phase imaging of Bose-

Einstein condensates

Doukas, Jason A

Higher dimensional physics

Dusza, Andrew

Physics of higher dimension

Filewood, Gregory

A theoretical study of the dark sector of nature

Gassull, Daniel

Materials issues in quantum computing

Flewett, Samuel

Experimental investigations in wavefield


McFadden, Rebecca A

Advanced algorithms for the detection of the

EOR signal

Melchiori, Adrian G

A low frequency imaging telescope

Fraser, Paul R

A multi-channel algebraic scattering theory

and predictions of low energy nucleon-nucleus

reaction cross sections

George, Damien P

Higher dimensional membrane world models

McDonald, Kristian L

Neutrino Mass Matrices

Orbons, Shannon M

Fabrication of photonic structures using ion


Hopf, Toby F

Single ion implantation for construction of a

quantum computer

Kandasamy, Gajendran

Quantum computation

Kazi, Sandor I

Studies in high energy physics.

Peralta, Carlos

Superfluidity in neutron stars

Rae, Nicholas

Absolute measurement of XAFS and atomic

form factors

Scott, Rebecca J

Precise half-life measurement of the fermi

superallowed B + decay of 26m A1


Kil, Il Joong

Studies in high energy physics

Kinnane, Mark N

Fundamental and applied investigations in X-ray


Sidiroglou, Fotios

Microscopic characterisation of high power fiber


Smale, Lucas F

X-ray absorbtion fine structure

Greig-Lau, Deborah

Raman analysis of artists' pigments and media

Sobott, Bryn A

An innovative pixel detector for x-rays

Law, Sandy SC

Particle physics and cosmology in the brane


Srbinovsky, Jhan A

Ionized bubbles at the end of cosmic


Lay, Matthew

Defect studies of ion implanted silicon and silicondioxide

for next-generation electronic devices

Stavrias, Nikolas

Measurement of wavefunction overlap of

phosphorous donors in silicon

Low, Catherine I

Lepton family symmetries and the Quartification

grand unified theory

Lydon, Jennifer M

Monte Carlo characterisation of narrow photon

fields for intensity modulated radiotherapy

Starling, Timothy R

Solid state quantum computing

Takau, Viliami T

A measurement of the near-threshold cross

section on proton

Testolin, Matthew J

Quantum computation and device modelling

Phillip Urquijo

Semileptonic decays in Belle

Villis, Byron J

A defect study of MOS devices

Vigelius, Matthias

Compact objects as sources and detectors of

gravity waves

Wong, Ivy O

Neutral hydrogen in galaxy cluster environment

Wedd, Robin H

Investigation of B meson decay

Witte, Chris

Atomic resolution imaging and spectroscopy


Cosgriff, EC

Theory and computations of atomic-cluster

wave functions for x-ray absorption near-edge


Henderson, Clare A

Unique phase recovery from light fields carrying

screw dislocations

Johnston, Chris

Quasar stromgen spheres

Kidwani, Nader M

Breaking of CP and CPT symmetries

Martini, Berin

The effect of surface reconstruction on the

growth of aluminium nitride by Pulsed Laser


Mastrano, Alpha

Superfluid instabilities and pulsar glitches


Meehan, Alistair J

Optic characterisation using quantitative phase


Pyke, Daniel J

Phase separation of hydrogen in amorphous


Stenborg, Travis N

Planetary lagrange point dynamics

Singh, Swati

The faint quasar luminosity function

Tse, Yun Fai

Search for direct CP violation in B-PII delays

Postgraduates and students: Celine , Sally, Nadia and Swati

Theses Passed >


We congratulate the following students who

completed theses.


Culpepper, Joanne

A PET detector module using silicon photodiode


Masters Degree by Research, 17 August 2005

Dowd, Rohan T

Search for B → ρ ρ and B → K * ρ decays at Belle

Doctor of Philosophy, 5 September 2005

Findlay, Scott D

Theoretical aspects of scanning transmission

electron microscopy

Doctor of Philosophy, 26 August 2005

Fowler, Austin G

Towards large-scale quantum computation

Doctor of Philosophy, 17 May 2005

Karick, Arna M

Galaxy formation and destruction in the fornax


Doctor of Philosophy, 2 November 2005

Lin, John Jia An

Spatial coherence measurement of undulator

radiation using uniformly redundant arrays.

Doctor of Philosophy, 18 April 2005

McCaw, James M

Quantum chaos: spectral analysis of floquet


Doctor of Philosophy, 22 April 2005

Michna, Magda L

Novel imaging techniques using the transport of

intensity equation

Doctor of Philosophy, 23 August 2005

Payne, Donald JB

Magnetic field evolution in accreting neutron


Doctor of Philosophy, 14 June 2005

Stevens, Jamie B

Neutral hydrogen in nearby galaxy groups

Doctor of Philosophy, 23 June 2005

Trott, Cathy M

Structure of dark matter in galaxies

Doctor of Philosophy, 6 June 2005

Turner, Lincoln D

Holographic imaging of cold atoms

Doctor of Philosophy, 1 March 2005

Wayth, Randall B

The structure of galaxies and AGN using

gravitational lensing

Doctor of Philosophy, 6 June 2005

De Jonge, Martin D

High-accuracy measurements of the x-ray mass

attenuation coefficients of molybdenum and tin:

testing theories of photoabsorption

Doctor of Philosophy, 3 October 2005

O'Leary, Nicole L

Structure retrieval at atomic resolution using


Doctor of Philosophy, 14 November 2005

Otsuka, Paul H

Analysis of thermal shock and implantationinduced

processes in ceramic crystals

Doctor of Philosophy, 26 October 2005

Pace, Peter

Characterisation of optical fibres based on high

resolution imaging

Masters Degree by Research, 22 June 2005


Moritz Backes

Semianalytical approach for electromagnetic

showers in sampling calorimeters

Supervisor: Dr Elisabetta Barberio

Nicholas Bate

Microimaging quasars

Supervisor: Professor Rachel Webster

Simon Bell

Four-wave mixing in a rubidium vapour cell

Supervisor: Associate Professor Robert Scholten

Jay Bourke

Finite difference method calculations of x-ray

absorption fine structure

Supervisor: Associate Professor Chris Chantler

Christine Chung

Time dependent accretion in compact objects

Supervisor: Professor Rachel Webster

David Curtin

Fermion confinement in brane world models

with SO(10) unification

Supervisor: Professor Ray Volkas

Nadia Davidson

Looking for SUSY dark matter with ATLAS

Supervisor: Dr Elisabetta Barberio


Zac Evans

Analysis of B → K Π and B → Π Π decays with

flavour SU(3) symmetry

Supervisor: Professor Bruce McKellar

Jack Glover

Experimental and theoretical investigation of

the S-ray mass attenuation coefficient of gold:

testing theories of photoabsorption, XAFS &


Supervisor: Associate Professor Chris Chantler

Xiao Ming Goh

Tomographic reconstruction of asymmetrical

optical fibres and microspheres

Supervisor: Associate Professor Ann Roberts

Christoph Hofmann

Diffraction contrast imaging of Ultra cold 85Rb


Supervisor: Associate Professor Robert Scholten

Yi Sun Wu

Characterisation of the avalanche diode through

charged particle detection

Supervisor: Professor David Jamieson

Sally Langford

Earth: a prototype extra-solar planet

Supervisor: Dr Stuart Wyithe

Ilya Zalizniak

Investigation of the physics of diamond MEMS

Supervisor: Professor David Jamieson

Jiufu Lim

Diffraction of TNC-based explosives detection

Supervisor: Dr Roger Rassool

Nils Lippock

Investigation of MOS-devices using deep-leveltransient-spectroscopy

Supervisor: Dr Jeff McCallum

Anthony Morley

Capacitive coupling fault identification and

reduction in ATLAS silicon detectors

Supervisor: Professor Geoffrey Taylor


Andre Petersen

A generalisation of the nonlinear many body

dynamics of a double delta-kicked quantum

rotator using Bose-Einstein condensation

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Martin

Nitin Rughoonauth

Constraining cosmic reionisation at Z ~ 6

Supervisor: Dr Stuart Wyithe

Ashley Stephens

Threshold and crossover in the implementation

of quantum error correction

Supervisor: Assoc Prof Lloyd Hollenberg

Andre Trosky

Pulsar glitches and self-organised criticality

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Melatos

Lachlan Whitehead

Optical phase imaging from a single far-field

intensity measurement

Supervisor: Professor Keith Nugent

Group Reports & Publications>




The Astrophysics group has continued its strong

research program and its commitment to a

successful research training program.

Dr Stuart Wyithe was appointed to the new

faculty position in the group in 2004. He has

continued his research collaboration with

Professor Avi Loeb at Harvard, working on the

Epoch of Reionisation and the formation and

evolution of supermasssive black holes. During

2005, Stuart has started supervising his first PhD

student, Jhan Srbinovsky, working on the Epoch

of Reionisation.

Dr Andrew Melatos has further developed his

models of gravitational radiation from accreting

neutron stars, with promising predictions for

the possibilities of detecting this radiation

with the current generation of long baseline

interferometers such as LIGO. In addition, Dr

Melatos published the results of his Gemini

observations of the Crab pulsar wind nebula. His

collaboration with PhD student Peralta and Dr

Andrew Ooi’s group in Mechanical Engineering

at Melbourne yielded new results in superfluid

hydrodynamics, with laboratory applications.

Dr David Barnes resigned to follow his passion

of photography. Dr Barnes has made a

substantial contribution to the development of

the Australian Virtual Observatory,,

and also to the ongoing analysis of the

HIPASS dataset.

Professor Rachel Webster continued her work

on the microlensing of lensed quasars, a project

which will develop new techniques to measure

the sizes of quasar emission regions. This

program was supported by a large allocation

of Gemini time. Professor Webster was the

inaugural Caroline Herschel Distinguished

Lecturer at the Space telescope Science Institute

in June 2005.

During 2005, the Melbourne group worked with

collaborators at MIT and Harvard to deploy 3

tiles at Mileura Station in WA. This project was

managed by David Barnes, who was assisted

by Jamie Stevens, Randall Wayth and Chris

Johnston. The deployment was spectacularly

successful, with at least two publishable results

from the first datasets.

Five PhDs were awarded in the group in 2005:

Drs Donald Payne, Cathy Trott, Randall Wayth,

Arna Karick and Jamie Stevens. In addition,

PhD student Ivy Wong spent a year working at

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, with

Dr Gerhardt Meurer, and PhD student Matthias

Vigelius spent two months at Harvard, working

with Prof Bryan Gaensler. Research Fellows Neil

Killeen and Mark Dijkstra also joined the Astro


Publications for 2005 include:

Mastrano A & Melatos A, “Kelvin-Helmholtz

instability and circulation transfer at an isotropicanisotropic

superfluid interface in a neutron

star” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical

Society 361:927-941 (2005)

Melatos A & Payne DJB, “Gravitational radiation

from an accreting millisecond pulsar with a

magnetically confined mountain” Astrophysical

Journal 623:1044-1050. 2005.

Melatos A, Scheltus DE, Whiting MT, Eikenberry

SS, Romani RW, Rigaut F, Spitkovsky A, Arons

J & Payne DJB, “Near-infrared, kilosecond

variability of the wisps and jet in the crab pulsar

wind nebula” Astrophysical Journal 633:931-940


Peralta CA, Melatos A, Giacobello M & Ooi

ASH,”Global three-dimentional flow of a neutron

superfluid in a spherical shell in a neutron star”

Astronomical Journal 635:1224-1232 (2005)

Lazendic-Galloway J, Wang Z & Morgan

EH,”Discovery of pulstions in the x-ray transient

4U 1901+03” Astronomical Journal 635:1217-

1223 (2005)

Martinez H & Peralta CA,”Self-similarity in a

Kantowski-Sachs universe with a string cloud”

Revista Mexicana de Fisica 51:22-26 (2005)

Wayth RB, Warren SJ, Lewis GF & Hewitt PC,

“The lens and source of the optical Einstein

ring gravitational lens ER 0047-2808” Monthly

Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

360:1333-1344 (2005)

Wyithe JSB & Loeb A, “Calibrating the galaxy

halo-black hole relation based on the clustering

of quasars” Astrophysical Journal 621:95-103


Wyithe JSB & Loeb A, “Undetected sources

allow transmission of the Lyα line from galaxies

prior to reionization” Astrophysical Journal

625:1-5 (2005)

Kilborn VA, Koribalski BS, Forbes DA, Barnes DG

& Musgrave RC, “A wide-field HI study of the

NGC 1566 group”, Monthly Notices of the Royal

Astronomical Society 356:77-88 (2005)

Venugopal S, Beeson BA, Melnikoff S & Barnes

DG, “A Portal for Grid-enabled Physics” In R

Buyya, PD Coddington, P Montague, R Safavi-

Naini, NP Sheppard & AL Wendelborn (eds),

ACSW Frontiers 2005, 2005 ACSW Workshops

- the Australasian Workshop on Grid Computing

and e-Research (AusGrid 2005) and the Third

Australasian Information Security Workshop

(AISW 2005) 44 : 13-20 Sydney, Australia:

Australian Computer Society Inc.


Skjaeraasen O, Melatos A & Spitkovsky

A,”Particle-in-cell simulations of a nonlinear

transverse electromagnetic wave in a pulsar

wind termination shock” Astrophysical Journal

634:542-546 (2005)

Trott CM & Melatos A, “Collapsed and extended

cold dark matter halos in softened N-body

gravity” Astrophysical Journal 618:38-45 (2005)

O'Dowd M & Urry CM, “Host galaxy evolution in

radio-loud active galactic nuclei” Astrophysical

Journal 627:97-124 (2005)

O'Dowd M, Urry CM, Scarpa R, Wayth RB &

Webster RL, “H1517+656: The birth of a BL

lacertae object?” Astrophysical Journal 627:125-

133 (2005)

Wayth RB, O'Dowd M & Webster RL, “A

microlensing measurement of the size of a

broad emission-line region in the lensed quasar

QSO 2237+0305” Monthly Notices of the Royal

Astronomical Society 359:561-566 (2005)




In 2005 Roger Rassool became the 4th academic

member of the EPP group, following the

closure of the Photonuclear Group within the

School. We've benefited greatly from Roger's

contributions in the areas of detector physics and

his links with external organizations such as the

Australian Synchrotron and the Austin Hospital.

In addition 2005 saw Markus Bischofberger (Atlas

analysis) and Marco La Rosa (grid development)

join us as postdoctoral fellows and Jared Winton

was hired as an engineer for Silicon Detector


The group’s activities focused mostly on the

Belle experiment currently collecting data at

the KEK laboratory in Japan and the ATLAS

experiment, under construction at the CERN lab

in Geneva, Switzerland. We continued to lead

the Australian deployment of computational

GRID technology within Australia and initiated

the collaboration with the PSI lab in Switzerland

for the development of pixel detectors for

Synchrotron radiation science.

At Belle we study CP violation (the difference

between matter and anti-matter), rare decays

sensitive to Physics beyond the Standard Model,

and make precision measurements of the

CKM parameters Vcb and Vub. For the ATLAS

experiment we have constructed detector

modules for the Silicon Central Tracker (SCT),

developed power supplies for the SCT, and have

designed and constructed 4200 in-line filter

and voltage limited systems. These have been

mounted in 13 large electronics racks directly

beside the ATLAS detector in the main cavern.

In addition to these hardware contributions

we are developing software to significantly

speedup detector simulation and have designed

algorithms for the reconstruction of electrons

which have a complex trajectory in the ATLAS


When ATLAS begins operation in 2007 it will

produce roughly 15 million gigabytes of data

per year, equivalent to 3 million DVDs or 1% of

the total global digital information output. The

Worldwide LHC Computing grid (WLCG) is a

massive, distributed, international computing

infrastructure designed to enable analysis of

this enormous data set. It coordinates and

shares processing power, data, applications

and network resources from many thousands

of linked computers. The EPP group has played

a leading role in the development of grid and

has deployed a grid infrastructure across 300

computers at 5 facilities in Sydney, Canberra,

Melbourne and Adelaide. In 2005 this grid was

used to simulate complex particle collisions in

the Belle experiment and to participate in ATLAS

data challenges.

We are looking forward with eagerness to the

commencement of ATLAS data taking scheduled

for late 2007. We have worked for many years to

build up the hardware, software and data analysis

skills needed to explore the data obtained at this

frontier experiment. The ATLAS experiment will

explore the nature of Electroweak Symmetry

Breaking at an energy regime almost guaranteed

to discover new physics.

Publications for 2005 include:

Abbiendi G, .. Barberio LME…, “Search for

radions at LEP2” Physics Letters B 609:20-34


Abbiendi G, .. Barberio LME…, “ Measurements

of Rb in e + e - collisions at √s between 182 and

209 GeV” Physics Letters B 609:212-225 (2005)

Nishida S, .. Sevior ME..,”Observation of B + →

K + ηγ” Physics Letters B 610:23-30 (2005)

Mohapatra D, ..Taylor GN, ..Barberio LME,

..Moloney GR…,”Search for the b → dγ process”

Physical Review D 72(1):11011-11015 (2005)

Xie QL, .. Sevior ME, ..Urquijo P, ..Barberio

LME..,”Observation of B - → J/ΨΛρ¯ and searches

for B - → J/ΨΣ 0 ρ¯ and B 0 → J/Ψρρ¯ decays”

Physical Review D 72(5):11051-11056 (2005)

Abe K, .. Sevior ME..,”Improved measurement of

CP-violation parameters sin 2ϕ1 and /γ/, B meson

lifetimes, and B 0 - antiB 0 mixing parameters

∆md” Physical Review D 71(7):20031-200312



Chang M-C, ..Moloney GR, ..Sevior ME, ..Taylor

GN, Urquijo P..,”Search for B 0 → ρρ¯, B 0 → ΛΛ¯,

and B + → pΛ¯ at Belle” Physical Review D

71(7):20071-20075 (2005)

Chao Y, .. Sevior ME, .. Taylor GN..”Improved

measurements of the partial rate asymmetry in

B → hh decays” Physical Review D 71(3):15021-

15025 (2005)

Okabe T,..Moloney GR, ..Sevior ME..,”Spectra

of prompt electrons from decays of B + and B 0

mesons and ratio of inclusive semielectronic

branching fractions” Physics Letters B 614:27-

36 (2005)

Saigo M, ..Sevior ME..,”Study of the suppressed

decays B - → [K + π - ]DK - and B - → [K + π - ]Dπ - ”

Physical Review Letters 94(9):16011-16016


Clark AG, .. Moorhead GF, .. Taylor GN..,”Design

and test of a prototype silicon detector module

for ATLAS semiconductor tracker endcaps”

Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics

Research - Section A 538:265-280 (2005)

Hara K, Kuwano T, Moorhead GF, Ikegami

Y, Kohriki T, Terada S & Unno Y, “Beam splash

effects on ATLAS silicon microstrip detectors

evaluated using 1-w Nd: YAG laser” Nuclear

Instruments & Methods in Physics Research -

Section A 541:15-20 (2005)

Klein AG, “Geoffrey Ivan Opat 1935-2002”

Historical Records of Australian Science 16:65-

89 (2005)

Wang CC, .. Sevior ME, .. Taylor GN..,”Study of

B 0 → ρ nullplusmn π plusmn time-dependent

CP violation at Belle” Physical Review Letters

94(12):18011-18016 (2005)


Zhang J, ..Moloney GR, ..Sevior ME, ..Taylor

GN..”Measurement of the branching fraction

and CP asymmetry in B + → p + π 0 ” Physical

Review Letters 94(3):18011-18015 (2005)

Li J, ..Sevior ME, ..Taylor GN..,”Search for D 0 -anti

D 0 mixing in D 0 → K + π - decays and measurement

of the doubly-cabibbo-suppressed decay rate”

Physical Review Letters 94(7):18011-18015


Majumder G, ..Sevior ME, .. Urquijo P, .. Taylor

GN..,”Evidence for B 0 → D + D - and observation

of B - → D 0 D - and B - → D 0 D* decays” Physical

Review Letters 95(4):18031-18035 (2005)

Zhang J, ..Barberio LME, .. Moloney GR, ..Sevior

ME, ..Urquijo P..,”Measurements of the branching

fraction and polarization in B + → ρ + K* 0 decays”

Physical Review Letters 95(14):18011-18015


Campabadal F, ..Taylor GN, ..Atkinson TME, ..

Moorhead GF…,”Design and performance of

the ABCD3TA ASIC for readout of silicon strip

detectors in the ATLAS semiconductor tracker”

Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics

Research Section A - Accel Spectrom Detect &

Assoc Equip. 552:292-328 (2005)

Campabadal F, .. N, Taylor GN, ..Atkinson TME,

Moorhead GF..,”Beam tests of ATLAS SCT silicon

strip detector modules" Nuclear Instruments &

Methods in Physics Research Section A - Accel

Spectrom Detect & Assoc Equip. 538:384-407


Prof Steven Prawer and Prof David Jamieson



ARC Centre for Quantum Computer Technology


Over the past twelve months the Melbourne

node has been deeply involved in the production

of counted atom devices, especially the routine

production of two atom devices for the charge

qubit experiments. With the advent of exciting

experimental data on some of these devices, the

device modelling program has also been deeply

involved in the interpretation of this data. All

this work has proceeded in close collaboration

with the other nodes of the Centre.

The production of counted atom devices

depends on ion implantation using on-chip

integrated detectors. This process underwent

further optimization in 2005 to improve

reproducibility and reliability. A particular

challenge was to make the integrated detector

structure compatible with subsequent fabrication

of increasingly sophisticated and complex

nanocircuitry for control and readout of the

charge configuration of the device. We developed

a strategy using buried heavily doped wells set

back more than six microns from the implant

sites leading to electrical contacts that-are more

than 500 microns further back. This keeps the

construction site free from metal contamination.

In 2005, more than 25 devices were fabricated

with the new detector structures and some of

these were employed in competed devices that

went through to measurement. The highlights of

these measurements are presented in the report

from the New South Wales node. Given the very

promising data being obtained on these devices

we anticipate further developments within

the Ion Beam Program, in close collaboration

with the Integrated Quantum Computer Device

Program, of the single ion implantation system

with the view to perform the implantation at

lower energies in conjunction with a thinner

surface oxide to improve the lateral precision.

The issue of how phosphorus implanted into

silicon at the very low concentrations needed for

quantum computer devices was addressed in

detail by the Materials Program. In collaboration

with Dr Wayne Hutchinson of ADFA, electrically

detected magnetic resonance was observed

for the first time in an ion implanted device.

This allowed us to check that the implanted

phosphorus was electrically active and this

work was complemented with our in-house

deep level transient spectroscopy system that

allowed us to measure the density of electron

traps at the interface between the gate oxide

and the silicon substrate. This is a critical issue

for Si:P architectures. The problem of dopant

activation was addressed in the Atomic Level

Manipulation and Imaging Program where

highly sensitive Scanning Kelvin Microscopy

images were taken of the buried charge created

by both P and Si implanted silicon. The Si

control implants yielded signals below the

noise level which itself approximates to the

signal that would arise from an array of charge

traps spaced by approximately 70 nm, which

exceeds the typical inter-qubit spacing utilised

in qubit test devices showing implantation

damage has been repaired. The issue of the

activation of extremely low concentrations of

implanted phosphorus ions remains open but

we hope to resolve this issue in 2006 once a

suitably sensitive alternative analysis method

is developed. However the Hybrid Optical Sold-

State Program provided extraordinarily sensitive

measurement on ensembles of as few as 104

single P donors and pairs of P donors. These

measurements provide information on the

Heisenberg exchange constant, J, which is an

indication of the wavefunction overlap between

donor pairs.

The exciting results from the Quantum

Measurement Program showing controlled

single charge quantum transfer has spurred the

more detailed modelling of the charge transfer

process which has greatly assisted with data

interpretation. A particular challenge has been

the modelling of charge transfer in a counted

four atom device. The results from the modelling

are consistent with all four atoms being active

as donors and that microwave induced charge

transfer events were possible under a narrow

set of configurations of the device – consistent

with the experimental data. The Device

Modelling Program team also reached several

important milestones with the development of

architectures for the transport of single electrons

in a process describes as Coherent Transport by

Adiabatic Passage (CTAP). This allows separation

of qubit interaction zones from readout zones

in a two dimensional multi-qubit device. The

Device Modelling Program also keeps watch on

developments in quantum computing schemes

that complement the Si:P system. Some

schemes, such as those that involve N-V centres

in diamond, have the potential to provide single

photon sources or strongly coupled light-matter


interactions when fabricated into quasi periodic

photonic band gap cavities which may be useful

in the readout of Si:P qubits. Much of the work

in the Device Modeling Program was given a

tremendous boost from the two visits of Prof

Sankar Das Sarma, University of Maryland, in

February and October of 2005. Prof Das Sarma

also gave a major public lecture during his

October visit which attracted over 400 people to

hear about his vision of quantum mechanics in

future technology.

Staff, postdocs and students were in high demand

in 2005 for lectures at scientific conferences but

were also keen participants in the vast range of

activities that took place in 2005 to mark the UNdeclared

International Year of Physics. We were

involved in more than 30 events which often

featured the work of the Centre presented to

large and enthusiastic audiences of the general

public. For 2006 we look forward with keen

anticipation to the realization of Si:P qubits.

Publications for 2005 include:

Lee KH, Greentree AD, Dinale JP, Escott CC,

Dzurak AS & Clark RG, “Modelling single

electron transfer in Si:P double quantum dots”

Nanotechnology 16:74-81 (2005)

Oi DKL, Schirmer SG, Greentree AD & Stace TM,

”Robust charge-based qubit encoding” Physical

Review B 72(7):53481-53486 (2005)

Olivero P, Rubanov S, Reichart PT, Gibson BC,

Huntington ST, Rabeau JR, Greentree AD,

Salzman J, Moore D, Jamieson DN & Prawer S,

“Ion-beam-assisted lift-off technique for threedimensional

micromachining of freestanding

single-crystal diamond” Advanced Materials

17:2427-2430 (2005)

Rabeau JR, Huntington ST, Greentree AD &

Prawer S, “Diamond chemical-vapor deposition

on optical fibres for fluorescence waveguiding”

Applied Physics Letters 86(13):41041-41043


Schirmer SG, Oi DKL & Greentree AD,

“Controlled phase gate for solid-state chargequbit

architectures” Physical Review A

71(1):23251-232513 (2005)

Cole JH, Schirmer SG, Greentree AD, Wellard

CJ, Oi DKL & Hollenberg LC, “Identifying an

experimental two-state Hamiltonian to arbitrary

accuracy” Physical Review A 71(6):23121-

231211 (2005)

Conrad VI, Greentree AD, Jamieson DN &

Hollenberg LC, “Analysis and geometric

optimization of single electron transistors for

read-out in solid state quantum computing”

Journal of Computational and Theoretical

Nanoscience 2:214-226 (2005)

Greentree AD, Hamilton AR, Hollenberg LC &

Clark RG, “Electrical readout of a spin qubit

without double occupancy” Physical Review B

71(11):33101-33104 (2005)

Hill CD, Hollenberg LC, Fowler AG, Wellard CJ,

Greentree AD & Goan H-S, “Global control and

fast solid-state donor electron spin quantum

computing” Physical Review B 72(4):53501-

53509 (2005)

Tarnopolsky A, Fletcher N, Hollenberg LC, Lange

B, Smith J & Wolfe J, “The vocal tract and the

sound of a didgeridoo” Nature 436:39 (2005)

Testolin MJ, Greentree AD, Wellard CJ &

Hollenberg LC, “Optically induced spin-to-charge

transduction in donor-spin readout” Physical

Review B 72(19):53251-53257 (2005)

Wellard CJ & Hollenberg LC, “Donor electron

wave functions for phosphorus in silicon:

beyond effective-mass theory” Physical Review

B 72(8):52021-52028 (2005)

Boag AP, McCulloch DG, Jamieson DN, Hearne

S, Hughes AE, Ryan CG & Toh SK, “Combined

nuclear microprobe and TEM study of corrosion

pit nucleation by intermetallics in aerospace

aluminium alloys” Nuclear Instruments &

Methods in Physics Research Section B - Beam

Interact with Materials and Atoms 231:457-462


Hopf TF, Jamieson DN, Hearne S, Yang C,

Pakes CI, Dzurak AS, Gauja E & Clark RG, “Ion

beam induced charge and numerical modeling

study of novel detector devices for single ion

implantation” Nuclear Instruments & Methods

in Physics Research Section B - Beam Interact

with Materials and Atoms 231:463-466 (2005)

Ryan CG, Van Achterbergh E & Jamieson DN,

“Advances in dynamic analysis PIXE imaging:

correction for spatial variation of pile-up

components” Nuclear Instruments & Methods

in Physics Research Section B - Beam Interact

with Materials and Atoms 231:162-169 (2005)

Szymanski R, Jamieson DN, Rout B & Brenn R,

“The retro-cut process: precision reshaping of

magnetic quadrupole lens profiles to improve

field strength” Nuclear Instruments & Methods

in Physics Research Section B - Beam Interact

with Materials and Atoms 231:49-52 (2005)


Van Dijk L, Bozkurt M, Alves A, Johnston

PN, Davis TJ, Reichart PT & Jamieson DN,

“Macrochannelling: characterisation of nanostructures

by ion beam analysis” Nuclear

Instruments & Methods in Physics Research

Section B - Beam Interact with Materials and

Atoms 231:130-135 (2005)

McCamey DR, Francis M, McCallum JC, Hamilton

AR, Greentree AD & Clark RG, “Donor activation

and damage in Si-SiO2 from low-dose, lowenergy

ion implantation studied via electrical

transport in MOSFETs” Semiconductor Science

and Technology 20:363-368 (2005)

Gibson BC, Huntington ST, Rubanov S, Olivero

P, Digweed-Lyytikainen K, Canning J & Love

JD, “Exposure and characterization of nanostructured

hole arrays in tapered photonic crystal

fibers using a combined FIB/SEM technique”

Optics Express 13(22):9023-9028 (2005)

Gurarie VN, Otsuka PH, Jamieson DN & Prawer

S, “Crack-arresting compression layers produced

by ion implantation” Nuclear Instruments &

Methods in Physics Research Section B - Beam

Interact with Materials and Atoms 242:421-423


Gurarie VN, Otsuka PH, Jamieson DN & Prawer S,

“Raman-based analysis of implantation-induced

expansion and stresses in sapphire crystals”

Journal of Materials Research 20(5):1131-1138


Hoffman A, Andrienko I, Jamieson DN & Prawer

S, “Electron trapping and detrapping in ionbeam-damaged

diamond surfaces” Applied

Physics Letters 86(4):41031-41033 (2005)

Huang L, Lau SP, Yang HY, Leong SP, Yu SF &

Prawer S, “Stable superhydrophobic surface via

carbon nanotubes coated with a ZnO thin film”

Journal of Physical Chemistry B 109:7746-7748


Jamieson DN, Yang C, Hopf TF, Hearne S, Pakes

CI, Prawer S, Mitic M, Gauja E, Andresen SE,

Hudson FE, Dzurak AS & Clark RG, “Controlled

shallow single-ion implantation in silicon using

an active substrate for sub-20-keV ions” Applied

Physics Letters 86(20):21011-21013 (2005)

Millar V, Pakes CI, Prawer S, Rout B & Jamieson

DN, “Thin film resists for registration of singleion

impacts” Nanotechnology 16:823-826


Rabeau JR, Chin YL, Prawer S, Jelezko JR,

Gaebel T & Wrachtrup J, “Fabrication of single

nickel-nitrogen defects in diamond by chemical

vapour deposition” Applied Physics Letters

86(13):19231-19263 (2005)

Sakoolnamarka R, Burrow MF, Prawer S & Tyas

MJ, “Raman spectroscopic study of noncarious

cervical lesions” Odontology 93(1):35-40 (2005)

Sze JY, Tay BK, Pakes CI, Jamieson DN & Prawer

S, “Conducting Ni nanoparticles in an ionmodified

polymer” Journal of Applied Physics

98(6):61011-61013 (2005)

Trajkov E, Prawer S, Butler JE & Hearne S,

“Charge trap levels in sulfur-doped chemicalvapour-deposited

diamond with applications

to ultraviolet dosimetry” Journal of Applied

Physics 98(2):37041-37047 (2005)

Ang JC, Wellard CJ & Hollenberg LC, “Dephasing

of charge qubits in the presence of charge

traps” In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson, L Faraone

& AS Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of SPIE. 5650 :

527-535. Washington, United States of America:

SPIE - The International Society for Optical

Engineering (2005)

Conrad VI, Greentree AD, Jamieson DN &

Hollenberg LC, “Optimising single electron

transistors as electrometers for high-precision

electrometry of charge on quantum dots” In J-

C Chiao, DN Jamieson, L Faraone & AS Dzurak

(eds), Proceedings of SPIE. 5650 : 536-547.

Washington, United States of America: SPIE -

The International Society for Optical Engineering


Devitt SJ, Fowler AG & Hollenberg LC,

“Investigating the practical implementation of

Shor's algorithm” In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson,

L Faraone & AS Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of

SPIE. 5650 : 483-494. Washington, United States

of America: SPIE - The International Society for

Optical Engineering (2005)

Fowler AG, Devitt SJ & Hollenberg LC,

“Constructing steane code fault-tolerant gates”

In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson, L Faraone & AS

Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of SPIE. 5650 : 557-

568. Washington, United States of America:

SPIE - The International Society for Optical

Engineering (2005)

Greentree AD, Cole JH, Hamilton AR &

Hollenberg LC, “Scaling of coherent tunnelling

adiabatic passage in solid-state coherent

quantum systems” In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson,

L Faraone & AS Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of

SPIE. 5650 : 72-80. Washington, United States

of America: SPIE - The International Society for

Optical Engineering (2005)

Hill CD, Hollenberg LC, Fowler AG, Wellard CJ,

Greentree AD & Goan H-S, “Fast donor based

electron spin quantum computing” In J-C Chiao,

DN Jamieson, L Faraone & AS Dzurak (eds),

Proceedings of SPIE. 5650: 44-54. Washington,


United States of America: SPIE - The International

Society for Optical Engineering (2005)

Starling TR, Wellard CJ, Quiney HM, Haig W &

Hollenberg LC, “Calculation of the exchange

coupling in Si:P donor systems” In J-C Chiao,

DN Jamieson, L Faraone & AS Dzurak (eds),

Proceedings of SPIE. 5650: 495-503. Washington,

United States of America: SPIE - The International

Society for Optical Engineering (2005)

Testolin MJ, Hollenberg LC, Greentree AD &

Wellard CJ, “Single-spin detection and readout

for the solid-state quantum computer via

resonant techniques” In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson,

L Faraone & AS Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of

SPIE. 5650: 516-526. Washington, United States

of America: SPIE - The International Society for

Optical Engineering (2005)

Wellard CJ & Hollenberg LC, “Exchange

in phosphorus donor spin based quantum

computers” In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson, L

Faraone & AS Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of

SPIE 5650: 94-101. Washington, United States

of America: SPIE - The International Society for

Optical Engineering (2005)

Alves A, Hearne S, Reichart PT, Siegele R,

Jamieson DN & Johnston PN, “Ion beam

lithography with single ions” In J-C Chiao,

DN Jamieson, L Faraone & AS Dzurak (eds),

Proceedings of SPIE 5650: 381-390. Washington,

United States of America: SPIE - The International

Society for Optical Engineering (2005)

Chan V, Buehler TM, McCamey DR, Ferguson AJ,

Reilly DJ, Yang C, Hopf TF, Dzurak AS, Hamilton

AR, Jamieson DN & Clark RG, “Single-electron

transistor coupled to a silicon nano-MOSFET”

In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson, L Faraone & AS

Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of SPIE 5650: 89-93.

Washington, United States of America: SPIE -

The International Society for Optical Engineering


Mitic M, Andersen SE, Chan V, Buehler TM,

Ferguson AJ, Gauja E, Hudson FE, Reilly DJ,

Hamilton AR, Dzurak AS, Clark RG, Yang C, Hopf

TF, Pakes CI & Jamieson DN, “Nanofabrication

of charge-based Si:P quantum computer devices

using single-ion implantation” In J-C Chiao,

DN Jamieson, L Faraone & AS Dzurak (eds),

Proceedings of SPIE 5650: 55-63. Washington,

United States of America: SPIE - The International

Society for Optical Engineering (2005)

Villis BJ, McCallum JC, Lay M & Gauja E,

“Constant capacitance deep-level transient

spectroscopy study of bulk traps in interface

states in P implanted Si MOS capacitors” In

AD Rakic & YT Yeow (eds), 2004 Conference on

Optoelectronic and microelectronic materials

and devices 113-116. Piscataway, United States

of America: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and

Electronic Engineers (2005)

Cole JH, Greentree AD, Wellard CJ, Hollenberg

LC & Prawer S, “Measuring decoherence

properties of charge qubits using buried donor

cellular automata” In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson,

L Faraone & AS Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of

SPIE 5650: 504-515. Washington, United States

of America: SPIE - The International Society for

Optical Engineering (2005)

Olivero P, Peng J, Reichart PT, McCallum JC,

Sze JY, Lau SP, Kalish R, Dhar D, Feldman L,

Jamieson DN & Prawer S, “Formation of carbon

nanoclusters by implantation of KeV carbon ions

in fused silica followed by thermal annealing”

In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson, L Faraone & AS

Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of SPIE 5650: 35-43.

Washington, United States of America: SPIE -

The International Society for Optical Engineering


Yang C, Jamieson DN, Hopf TF, Andersen

SE, Hearne S, Hudson FE, Pakes CI, Mitic M,

Gauja E, Dzurak AS, Prawer S & Clark RG,

“Optimization of single KeV ion implantation

for the construction of single P-donor devices”

In J-C Chiao, DN Jamieson, L Faraone & AS

Dzurak (eds), Proceedings of SPIE 5650: 64-71.

Washington, United States of America: SPIE -

The International Society for Optical Engineering


Francis PS, Barnett NW, Smith TA, Spizzirri PG

& Wang X, “Near-infrared chemiluminescence

from the oxidation of ammonia in aqueous

alkaline solution” Luminescence 20:442-444



Lay M, Pakes CI & McCallum JC, “Kelvin-probe

force microscopy defect study of ion implanted

thermal oxide thin films on silicon” In AD

Rakic & YT Yeow (eds), 2004 Conference on

Optoelectronic and microelectronic materials

and devices. 405-408. Piscataway, United States

of America: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and

Electronic Engineers (2005)



Research Highlights

In an often-crowded and vibrant atom optics

lab, Assoc Prof Robert Scholten and his team

continued their work on novel approaches to

imaging cold atoms, developing a minimally

destructive, quantitative, yet experimentally

practical method. The insight of PhD student

Lincoln Turner led to an elegant approach, in

which the diffraction pattern of cold atoms

illuminated by an off-resonant laser beam is

computationally inverted to provide an image of

the atoms. The technique offers great promise as

an easy yet precise method of phase imaging,

for both cold atoms and for some applications

of x-ray imaging. Lincoln left the group midyear,

with a Fulbright Fellowship to work with

Nobel Laureate Bill Phillips at NIST, Washington


The lab also demonstrated a blue laser based

on establishment of a coherent quantum

superposition of atomic states. Energy was

converted with unprecedented efficiency, to

generate a coherent blue beam – like a laser,

but without mirrors. The work was published on

the front cover of the Australian Optical Society

News in March, and in Optics Letters.

The coherent x-ray group published a total of 12

refereed papers, including some work on a new

approach to coherent imaging, and two papers

on the work of Benedicta Ahartari on phasecontrast

radiography. In particular, its work on

diffractive imaging with curved wavefields is

grabbing international attention.

In October A/Prof Roberts presented a paper on

one aspect of this research at the Optical Society

of America Annual Meeting in Tucson. She

also visited Singapore and, with PhD student

Nicole Tse, obtained the first in-situ Electronic

Speckle Pattern Interferometry images of canvas

paintings in the Singapore Art Museum. While

in Singapore, she gave seminars at the National

Heritage Centre and the National University

of Singapore and also visited the Singapore

Synchrotron Light Source and the Centre for Ion

Beam Applications.

The precision x-ray optics team continues its

work on pinning down physical constants to

unprecedented resolution and published a

number of very high quality publications in

this area. The group was heavily involved in the

international X-ray and Inner Shell Processes

Conference held in Melbourne (X05, 4-8 July

2005). Assoc Prof Chris Chantler was Scientific

Chair and Editor of the refereed proceedings,

Group members continue to be invited to

present at conferences around the world.


A collaboration led by Keith Nugent was

successful in being awarded ARC, University

and Victorian State Government funding to

establish the Centre of Excellence for Coherent

X-ray Science. The Centre is a major coup for the

School of Physics, bringing together outstanding

research groups from the Schools of Physics and

of Chemistry, the Australian Synchrotron, CSIRO,

Latrobe, Monash and Swinburne Universities,

and a number of prestigious international


Robert Scholten and Ann Roberts were

successful in receiving an ARC Discovery Project

grant, ‘Quantum and classical imaging with light

and atoms’ to extend our innovative research in

physical optics to quantum optics.

Students and Visitors

In 2005, the atom optics group enjoyed the

year-long sabbatical of A/Prof Jamie White

from Juniata College in the USA, and long

stays by several visiting PhD students from

The Netherlands including Thijs Meiijer,

Kenian Domen, and Bart Smeets, through our

collaboration with the quantum-atom-optics

group at Eindhoven University.

Martin de Jonge completed his PhD ‘with

distinction’ (top 5% of all PhDs) according

to the examiner, who wrote ‘these careful

measurements will continue to serve as THE

yardstick for measuring the performance

of future theories for a long time.’ Well done,


Adrian Mancuso completed his PhD

and commenced work with Quantum

Communications Victoria, housed within the

School. Former student, Magda Michna, now at

McGill University in Canada, was awarded her

PhD in December and Peter Pace (now at Victoria

University) received his MSc in August.


Publications for 2005 include:

E. C. Cosgriff, C. T. Chantler, C. Witte, L. F. Smale,

C. Q. Tran, “Atomic cluster-structure calculations

of the X-ray near-edge absorption of silver”, Phys

Lett A, 343, 174-180 (2005).

C.Q. Tran, A.G.Peele, D.Paterson, A.Roberts,

I.McNulty and K.A.Nugent, “X-Ray Imaging:

A Generalised Approach Using Phase Space

Tomography”, Journal of The Optical Society of

America A-Optics Image Science and Vision, 22,

1691-1700 (2005).

A.G. Peele, A.P. Mancuso, C.Q. Tran, D. Paterson,

I. McNulty, J.P. Hayes, K.A. Nugent, “Phase

retrieval from coherent soft X-ray optics”,

Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related

Phenomena, 144-147, 1171-1173 (2005)

De Jonge MD, Tran CQ, Chantler CT, Barnea Z,

Dhal BB, Cookson DJ, Lee W-K & Mashayekhi

A, “Measurement of the x-ray mass attenuation

coefficient and determination of the imaginary

component of the atomic form factor of

molybdenum over the 13.5-41.5-keV energy

range” Physical Review A 71(03):27021-270216


Kinnane MN, Kimpton JA, De Jonge MD,

Makonyi K & Chantler CT, “The correction of

systematic image deformations inherent

to two-dimensional proportional counters”

Measurement Science and Technology 16:2280-

2286 (2005)

Tran CQ, Chantler CT, Barnea Z, De Jonge MD,

Dhal BB, Chung CTY, Paterson D & Wang J,

“Measurement of the x-ray mass attenuation

coefficient of silver using the x-ray-extended

range technique” Journal of Physics B - Atomic

Molecular and Optical Physics 38:89-107 (2005)

Arhatari BD, Nugent KA, Peele AG & Thornton

J, “Phase contrast radiography II: imaging

of complex objects” Review of Scientific

Instruments 76(11):37041-37046 (2005)

Nugent KA, Peele AG, Quiney HM & Chapman

HN, “Diffraction with wavefront curvature:

a path to unique phase recovery” Acta

Crystallographica Section A 61:373-381 (2005)

Tran CQ, Peele AG, Paterson D, Roberts A,

McNulty I & Nugent KA, “Phase space density

measurement of interfering x-rays” Journal of

Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena

144 -147:947-951 (2005)

Tran CQ, Peele AG, Roberts A, Nugent KA,

Paterson D & McNulty I, “Synchrotron beam

coherence: a spatially resolved measurement”

Optics Letters 30(2):204-206 (2005)

Tran CQ, Peele AG, Roberts A, Nugent KA,

Paterson D & McNulty I, “X-ray imaging: a

generalized approach using phase-space

tomography” Journal of The Optical Society of

America A - Optics Image Science and Vision

22(8):1691-1700 (2005)

Ampem-Lassen E, Huntington ST, Dragomir

NM, Nugent KA & Roberts A, “Refractive index

profiling of axially symmetric optical fibers: a

new technique” Optics Express 13(9):3277-3282


Curl CL, Bellair CJ, Harris T, Allman BE, Harris PJ,

Stewart A, Roberts A, Nugent KA & Delbridge LM

“Refractive index measurement in viable cells

using quantitative phase-amplitude microscopy

and confocal microscopy” Cytometry Part A

65a:88-92 (2005)

Dragomir NM, Ampem-Lassen E, Huntington ST,

Baxter GW, Roberts A & Farrell PM, “Refractive

index profiling of optical fibers using differential

interference contrast microscopy” IEEE

Photonics Technology Letters 17(10):2149-2151


Rollinson CM, Wade SA, Dragomir NM, Baxter

GW, Collins SF & Roberts A, “Reflections near

1030 nm from 1540 nm fibre Bragg gratings:

evidence of a complex refractive index structure”

Optics Communications 256:310-318 (2005)

Sidiroglou F, Huntington ST & Roberts A, “Microcharacterisation

of erbium-doped fibers using a

Raman confocal microscope” Optics Express

13(14):5506-5512 (2005)

Turner LD, Domen KF & Scholten R, “Diffractioncontrast

imaging of cold atoms” Physical Review

A 72(3):14031-14034 (2005)

Belpassi L, Tarantelli F, Sgamellotti A & Quiney

HM, “Computational strategies for a fourcomponent

Dirac-Kohn-Sham program:

implementation and first applications” Journal

of Chemical Physics 122(18):41091-410913


Quiney HM & Wilson S, “Literate programming

in quantum chemistry: a collaborative approach

to the development of theory and computer

code” Molecular Physics 103(2-3):389-399


Smeets B, Herfst RW, Maguire LP, Te Sligte E, Van

Der Straten P, Beijerinck HCW & Van Leeuwen

KAH, “Laser collimation of an Fe atomic beam

on a leaky transition” Applied Physics B 80:833-

839 (2005)

Dragomir NM, Roberts A & Baxter GW, “Phase

sensitive imaging techniques applied to optical

fibre characterization” In M Wicks (ed), 7th

Optical Fibre Measurement Conference 107-111.

Middlesex, United Kingdom: National Physical

Laboratory (2005)

Turner LD, Domen KFEM & Scholten R,

“Holographic imaging of cold atoms” In M Colla

(ed), Australian Institute of Physics 16th Biennial

Congress 2005. 1-4. Cronulla, Australia: The

Australian Institute of Physics.

Jeppesen M, White JD, Domen KFEM & Scholten

R, “Coherent blue laser beam production in a

rubidium vapour cell” In M Colla (ed), Australian

Institute of Physics 16th Biennial Congress 2005.

1-4. Cronulla, Australia: The Australian Institute

of Physics.

Turner LD, Slavec A, Weber KP, White JD, Domen

KFEM & Scholten R,”Control theory for frequency

stabilisation of external cavity diode lasers” In

M Colla (ed), Australian Institute of Physics 16th

Biennial Congress 2005. 1-4. Cronulla, Australia:

The Australian Institute of Physics.


Assoc Prof Les Allen with Chris Witte




Research carried out within the TCMP group in

2005 can be classified into two general areas:

Imaging of condensed matter systems and the

dynamics of dilute gas BECs. The research carried

out has resulted in a total of nine publications

(three in the prestigious Physical Review Letters,

the flagship journal of the American Physical

Society and one in Applied Physics Letters).

The academic staff in the group, Assoc Prof

Les Allen and Dr Andy Martin each delivered

three invited contributions at international

conferences. The software IWFR, used for

phase imaging at atomic resolution in electron

microscopy, developed in the Allen subgroup,

was successfully commercialized in conjunction

with the Japanese company HREM Inc.

The group was funded by two Australian

Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project

(DP) grants and one Melbourne Early Career

Researcher (ECR) grant, worth $164,500 in 2005.

The DP grants have enabled the appointment

of two postdoctoral research fellows in the

group, namely Dr Scott Findlay and Dr Nicholas

Parker. The ECR grant has established computer

facilities and provided travel money for Dr A M

Martin’s subgroup.

Strong international collaborations have been

a feature of the research done. Link are in

place with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory,

The SuperSTEM Facility at Daresbury, Trinity

College Dublin, Nottingham University, Imperial

College London, The University of Otago, The

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with the

group of Nobel Prize winner Prof W Ketterle) and

the University of Durham.

Publications for 2005 include:

Cosgriff EC, Oxley MP, Allen LJ & Pennycook SJ,

“The spatial resolution of imaging using coreless

spectroscopy in the scanning transmission

electron microscope” Ultramicroscopy 102:317-

326 (2005)

Findlay SD, Oxley MP, Pennycook SJ & Allen

LJ, “Modelling imaging based on core-loss

spectroscopy in scanning transmission electron

microscopy” Ultramicroscopy 104:126-140


Lupini AR, Chisholm MF, Van Benthem K, Allen

LJ, Oxley MP & Findlay SD “Limitations to

the measurement of oxygen concentrations

by HRTEM imposed by surface roughness”

Microscopy and Microanalysis 11:111-115 (2005)

McBride WE, O'Leary NL, Nugent KA & Allen

LJ “Astigmatic electron diffraction imaging: a

novel mode for structure determination” Acta

Crystallographica Section A 61:321-324 (2005)

O'Leary NL & Allen LJ, “Quantitative

structure retrieval at atomic resolution” Acta

Crystallographica Section A 61:252-259 (2005)

Oxley MP, Cosgriff EC & Allen LJ, “Nonlocality in

imaging” Physical Review Letters 94(20):39061-

39064 (2005)

Van Benthem K, Lupini AR, Kim M, Baik HS,

Doh S, Lee J-H, Oxley MP, Findlay SD, Allen LJ,

Luck JT & Pennycook SJ, “Three-dimensional

imaging of individual hafnium atoms inside a

semicondutor device” Applied Physics Letters

87(3):41041-41043 (2005)

Scott RG, Martin AM, Fromhold TM & Sheard

FW, “Anomalous quantum reflection of Bose-

Einstein condensates from a silicon surface: the

role of dynamical excitations” Physical Review

Letters 95(7):32011-32014 (2005)

A m o s K A , Karataglidis S & K i m

YJ,”Complementary reaction analyses and the

isospin mixing of the 4- states in 160” Nuclear

Physics A 762:230-251 (2005)

Amos KA, Karataglidis S, Van Der Knijff DJJ,

Canton L, Pisent G & Svenne JP, “Comparison

between two methods of solution of coupled

equations for low-energy scattering” Physical

Review C 72(6):46041-46045 (2005)

Canton L, Pisent G, Svenne JP, Van Der Knijff

DJJ, Amos KA & Karataglidis S, “Role of the


Pauli principle in collective-model coupledchannel

calculations” Physical Review Letters

94(12):25031-25034 (2005)

Deb PK, Clark BC, Hama S, Amos KA, Karataglidis

S & Cooper ED, “Comparison of optical model

results from a microscopic Schrödinger approach

to nucleon-nucleus elastic scattering with those

from a global Dirac phenomenology” Physical

Review C 72(1):46081- 460810 (2005)

Karataglidis S, Amos KA & Giraud BG, “Local scale

transformations and extended matter distributions

in nuclei” Physical Review C 71(6):46011-460113


Pisent G, Svenne JP, Canton L, Amos KA,

Karataglidis S & Van Der Knijff DJJ,l “Compound

and quasicompound states in low-energy

scattering of nucleons from 12C” Physical Review

C 72(1):46011-460111 (2005)

Amos KA & Karataglidis S, “Proton interactions

with nuclei to probe the neutron matter distribution

of nucleus” In RC Haight, MB Chadwick, T Kawano

& P Talou (eds), AIP Conference Proceedings 769:

1081-1084 New York, United States of America:

American Institute of Physics (2005)


Deb PK & Amos KA,”Simple functional forms

for total and total reaction cross sections from

nucleon-nucleus collisions” In RC Haight,

MB Chadwick, T Kawano & P Talou (eds), AIP

Conference Proceedings 769: 1092-1095 New York,

United States of America: American Institute of

Physics (2005)

Svenne JP, Amos KA, Van Der Knijff DJJ, Canton

L & Pisent G, “MCAS: a multichannel algebraic

scattering theory of low energy nucleon-nucleus

reactions” In RC Haight, MB Chadwick, T Kawano

& P Talou (eds), AIP Conference Proceedings 769:

1096-1099. New York, United States of America:

American Institute of Physics (2005)




The theoretical particle physics group continues

to thrive as it manages generational change of

its permanent academic staff.

After almost thirty-five years of dedicated

service to the School of Physics, Dr Girish Joshi

retired from teaching and administration at

the end of 2005. He remains active in research,

continues to supervise PhD students and holds

a joint ARC Discovery Project grant for 2006-

2008 with Bruce McKellar and Ray Volkas. It is

appropriate to reflect on Girish’s long career,

which has seen him publish almost 200 papers

and supervise more than a dozen PhD students.

Research Fellow, Dr Alexandre Ignatiev also left

the group. We welcome Dr Adrian Flitney who

was awarded Australian Postdoctoral Fellow.

efforts exemplify this trend. We are also keenly

awaiting the Large Hadron Collider, and looking

to enhance our already strong links with the

experimental particle physics group.

Group member Associate Professor Lloyd

Hollenberg continues to lead Melbourne’s theory

effort within the ARC Centre of Excellence for

Quantum Computing Technology, supervising

a large number of research students and two

postdocs. Good progress has been made in

their efforts to construct a solid state quantum

computer, a project to be described in more

detail elsewhere in this annual report.

Selected publications for 2005 include:


Dr Nicole Bell will join us on 1 January 2007

as a new continuing Lecturer in theoretical

particle physics. After completing her PhD at

Melbourne with Ray Volkas, she was a postdoc

at the influential theoretical astrophysics group

at Fermilab for three years, and is presently a

Sherman Fairchild Scholar at Caltech. She has

won numerous awards, and has written several

very influential papers in particle cosmology and

astrophysics as well as in straight theoretical

particle physics.

The Head of the TPP group, Professor Bruce

McKellar, shall effectively retire from teaching

and administration at the end of 2006. During

2006, we shall run a search for a second

continuing lectureship to fill his shoes (very

large shoes to fill!). So, from 2007 we anticipate

having a new-look group under the leadership

of Ray Volkas, with Bruce and Girish continuing

to be very active in research as honorary staff.

In 2005, the TPP group had 13 PhD and Masters

students active in theoretical particle physics

research, and two research fellows. The currently

active research fields cover physics beyond

the standard model, including brane-worlds,

extra-dimensions and gravity, as well as particle

cosmology and high-energy astrophysics.

Particle physics worldwide has for some time

been broadening into a cross-disciplinary effort

involving our friends the astrophysicists and

cosmologists, and the TPP group’s research

He XG, Li X, McKellar BHJ & Zhang Y, “Berry

phase in neutrino oscillations” Physical Review

D 72(5):30121-30128 (2005)

Ignatiev A, Joshi GC & McKellar BHJ, “Spectator

effects in the decay B →Κγγ” International

Journal of Modern Physics A 20(17):4079-4084


McCaw JM & McKellar BHJ, “Pure point spectrum

for the time evolution of a periodically rank - N

kicked Hamiltonian” Journal of Mathematical

Physics 46(3):21081-210824 (2005)

Stephenson Jr GJ, Goldman T, McKellar BHJ

& Garbutt M, “Large mixing from small:

pseudo-dirac neutrinos and the singular seesaw”

International Journal of Modern Physics A

20(28):6373-6390 (2005)

Terasaki K & McKellar BHJ, “Charmed scalar

resonances - conventional and four-quark

mesons” Progress of Theoretical Physics

114(1):205-211 (2005)

Crocker RM, Fatuzzo M, Jokipii JR, Melia F &

Volkas RR, “The agasa and sugar anisotropies

and TeV gamma rays from the galactic center:

a possible signature of extremely high energy

neutrons” Astrophysical Journal 622:892-909


Crocker RM, Melia F & Volkas RR, “Neutrinos from

the galactic center in the light of its gamma-ray

detection at TeV energy” Astrophysical Journal


Dando G, Davidson A, George DP, Volkas RR

& Wali KC, “Clash of symmetries in a Randall-

Sundrum-like spacetime” Physical Review D

72(4):50161-50169 (2005)

Demaria A & Volkas RR, “Kink-induced

symmetry breaking patterns in brane-world

SU(3)3 trinification models” Physical Review D

71(10):50111-50119 (2005)

George DP & Volkas RR, “Stability of domain

walls coupled to Abelian gauge fields” Physical

Review D 72(10):50111-50115 (2005)

Low CI, “Abelian family symmetries and the

simplest models that give Φ 13 ≡ 0 in the neutrino

mixing matrix” Physical Review D 71(7):30071-

300713 (2005)


Foot RT, “Avoiding the gauge hierarchy problem

with seesawed neutrino masses” Modern Physics

Letters A 20(39):3035-3043 (2005)

Foot RT & Silagadze ZK, “Supernova explosions,

511 keV photons, gamma ray bursts and mirror

matter” International Journal of Modern Physics

D - Gravitation, Astrophysics and Cosmology

14(1):143-151 (2005)

Wignall JWG, “An absolute replacement for the

standard kilogram” Measurement Science and

Technology 16:682-684 (2005)

Wignall JWG, “Quantum mechanics without a

quantization postulate” Journal of Physics A:

Mathematical and General 38:5315-5328 (2005)

Garoni TM, Forrester PJ & Frankel NE, “Asymptotic

corrections to the eignevalue density of the

GUE and LUE” Journal of Mathematical Physics

46(10):33011-330117 (2005)

McKellar BHJ & Carlsson JL, “Harmonic oscillator

spectrum for glueball states in 2+1 dimensions in

the large N limit” Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings

Supplements 141:179-185 (2005)

Okuniewicz I, McKellar BHJ & Friedland A,

“Construction and analysis of a many-body

neutrino model. In M Colla (ed), Australian

Institute of Physics 16th Biennial Congress 1-4.

Cronulla, Australia: The Australian Institute of

Physics (2005)




QCV was established within the School of

Physics in July 2005. QCV is funded by a State

Government of Victoria Science, Technology and

Innovation (STI) grant in addition to support from

the Faculty of Science. QCV is an Unincorporated

Joint Venture between The University of

Melbourne, MagiQ Technologies (New York and

Boston), Qucor Pty Ltd and Silicon Graphics

Inc. The program has three major milestones to

meet over the course of the next three years:

* Development of a prototype single photon

source based on diamond

* Enhance the communications abilities of

our research staff and offer similar services to

external clients

* Engage industry to determine their interest in

Quantum Communications and their possible


The first 6 months of the program have been

dedicated to corporate branding and establishing

the QCV team, including new staff Dr Elizabeth

Trajkov, Materials Engineer; Dr Steven Trpkovski,

Photonics Prototype Development Engineer; and

Mr Hugh Wilson, Research Fellow, all arriving in


The QCV is directed by an Executive Board

consisting of members from each of the Joint

Venture Partner organisations. In addition, a

prestigious Industry Advisory Group has been

established to provide expert advice on a range

of commercial topics.

A key challenge for a commercially driven

program such as the QCV is to demonstrate

value to the School of Physics with regards to the

traditional areas of teaching and research. To this

end the program is proud to support numerous

research programs through the acquisition of

equipment, staff resources, collaborations, and

the provision of student scholarships. Members

of the QCV have been encouraged to engage

in teaching and have strong involvement in the

school’s outreach programs.

The QCV program is providing an opportunity

for a crossover between a variety of sectors.

Collectively, the team represents all of the

sectors involved in commercialisation. It is

my strong feeling that the existence of this

program within the school will greatly benefit

our traditional research and teaching programs

in addition to meeting the new demands for

knowledge transfer being placed upon us all.


To date this process has been highly successful

with the establishment of the QCV office on

Level 2. The majority of the staff positions for

the program have now been filled with a variety

of research, commercial and administrative

staff. The team has also successfully submitted

to Government the Commercial, Marketing,

Technical, and Industry Engagement Plans for

the next 3 years.

Initial discussions for the formation of a QCV

corporate entity have also been initiated in order

to capitalise on investor interest in the program.

This strategic plan will enable the continuation

of the QCV program well beyond the end of the

State Government funding period.

Publications for 2005 include:

Olivero P, Rubanov S, Reichart PT, Gibson BC,

Huntington ST, Rabeau JR, Greentree AD,

Salzman J, Moore D, Jamieson DN & Prawer S,

“Ion-beam-assisted lift-off technique for threedimensional

micromachining of freestanding

single-crystal diamond” Advanced Materials

17:2427-2430 (2005)

Rabeau JR, Huntington ST, Greentree AD &

Prawer S, “Diamond chemical-vapor deposition

on optical fibers for fluorescence waveguiding”

Applied Physics Letters 86(13):41041-41043



Gibson BC, Huntington ST & Love JD, “Selfaligning

method of fibre-to-waveguide

pigtailing” Optics Letters 30(21):2858-2860


Dragomir NM, Ampem-Lassen E, Huntington ST,

Baxter GW, Roberts A & Farrell PM, “Refractive

index profiling of optical fibers using differential

interference contrast microscopy” IEEE

Photonics Technology Letters 17(10):2149-2151


Dower PM, Farrell PM & Gibson BC, “A

numerical optimal control approach to the

design of an optical fibre-based evanescent

field” In P Horacek & M Simandl (eds), 16th IFAC

World Congress 2005. 1-6. Laxemburg, Austria:

International Federation of Automatic Control

Students: XiaoMing, Lachlan and Melissa






Within the School of Physics, postgraduate

research is an integral part of all research areas.

Physics postgraduates are therefore integrated

into School life at all levels. For example, the

crucial role played by students in the research

success of the School is highlighted during

the weekly postgraduate seminar series. This

series serves to inform the School as a whole of

individual research programs.

In addition, the seminar series offers our

students valuable experience in scientific and

oral presentation skills. Postgraduate students

are also integrated into the day-to-day workings

of the School through representatives on each

of the Schools committees. Postgraduate

student participation on School committees is

coordinated by the Postgraduate student society,

and aims to ensure that postgraduate student

needs are met at all levels.

The School organises a focus day for senior

postgraduate students to assist with the

transition out of postgraduate study. The School

also recognises the importance of bridging the

gap between undergraduate and postgraduate

study. To this end the School organises a

Postgraduate student research exhibition.

This exhibition showcases the work of our

postgraduates to interested 2nd and 3rd year

physics students.

Each of the above activities was undertaken

during 2005. In 2006, we have already had our

induction day, attended by more than 20 new

postgraduates. Additionally we will continue

to run the Senior Focus day and Research

exhibitions. As a new initiative in 2006, the

School will expand the postgraduate seminar

series to include a full colloquium by final year

students, describing the work presented in

their thesis. This final colloquium will provide

the opportunity for the School to celebrate the

achievements of postgraduate students.

The School aims to assist postgraduates with

the skills they will need to successfully complete

their degree and to move forward in the future. To

prepare postgraduate students to make the most

of their time within the department, the School

conducts an induction day, where the roles and

perceptions of students and supervisors alike,

as well as the requirements of postgraduate

study are discussed.


The Postgraduate Physics Student Society (PPSS)

is an association of which each postgraduate

degree student is automatically a member. It

is affiliated with the University of Melbourne

Postgraduate Association, which formally

provides funding for the range of activities the

PPSS undertakes, though the School of Physics

significantly supports the PPSS both financially

and logistically.

The purposes of the PPSS are to enhance the

academic and professional life of its members,

encourage social interaction of students within

the School, to co-ordinate representation of

School of Physics Postgraduate students on

School committees and to represent School of

Physics Postgraduate Students to the Science

Faculty and University.

In 2005, these goals were achieved by running

traditionally well received social events such

as barbecues and a trivia night, as well as the

new addition of a pool competition. On the

more formal side, student attendance at the

various School committee meetings was high,

indicating the enthusiasm of postgraduate

students to participate in the running of School

and the business of the University that affects

the School. Additionally, the PPSS creates

leadership positions for its members, enhancing

skills prior to entering formal employment.


In 2006 the PPSS aim to continue fulfilling

these duties, and with the enthusiastic group

of volunteers in office bearer roles and on

committees, the coming years should be quite


For more information, visit the PPSS website at

Postgraduates: Chris, Paul and Alistair

Prizes & Awards >

Dr Lincoln Turner



Bryan Scholarship in Natural Science

Selection Criteria: Awarded to a student who has

completed their BSc degree and is undertaking

Honours in a branch of the Natural Sciences, on

recommendation by Faculty of Science.

Value: $2,350

Recipient: Chun-Hsu Su

Dwight Prize

Selection Criteria: Awarded to the student

achieving the highest results in First year

advanced level, on recommendation by the


Value: $700

Recipient: Douglas Brumley

E M and J F Ward Prize for Experimental


Selection Criteria: Awarded to the most

outstanding student in experimental physics in

the final year of the BSc degree with a major in


Value: $600

Recipient: Alastair Stacey

John Tyndall Scholarship Prize

Selection Criteria: Awarded to a student who is

enrolled in a Masters or Doctorate degree who

is conducting advanced studies or research in

the School of Physics

Value: $550

Recipient: Melissa Makin (nee Wals)

Ramm Prize in Experimental Physics

Selection Criteria: Prize is awarded to a student

enrolling in either Honours or postgraduate

degree by research in Experimental Physics who

has demonstrated excellent research potential.

Value: $1000

Recipient: Nadia Davidson

T F Ryan (Roentgen) Prize

Selection Criteria: Prize is awarded to the student

with the highest aggregate score in 640-151 and

640-152 Physics for Biomedical Science at First


Value: $600

Recipient: Grace Liu

William Sutherland Prize

Selection Criteria: Awarded to the student

achieving the highest results in Second Year

Physics who is proceeding to study I Physics at

the Third Year level.

Value: Book vouchers worth $200

Recipient: Jayne Thompson

Wyselaskie Scholarship in Natural Science

Selection Criteria: Awarded on academic merit

to a student proceeding to the Honours Year in a

branch of the Natural Sciences.

Value: $2,100

Recipient: Paul Geil


Fulbright Scholarship

Selection Criteria: Applicants must have a

record of achievement in their chosen field, such

as academic record, professional recognition,

publications, exhibitions, performances or

presentations and must relay their ability

to promote mutual understanding between

Australia and the United States

Host Institution: National Institute of Standards

and Technology

Project: Seeking to measure the Abraham

force and thus developments in precision


Recipient: Dr Lincoln Turner

Puzey Scholarship by Faculty of Science

Selection Criteria: Be offered a place in a

relevant Postgraduate Program and availability

of appropriate supervisors

Value: $25,000 up to 4 years

Recipient: Damien George


Professor Kernot Research Scholarship in


Selection Criteria: Awarded on recommendation

of the Head on the basis of Honours results.

Holders are required to conduct research in

Physics at postgraduate level.

Value: $2,525

Recipient: Nadia Davidson

Dixson Research Scholarship in Physics

Selection Criteria: Awarded on the basis of

Honours results in Physics. The holder is required

to conduct research in Physics at the University

at postgraduate level

Value: $2000

Recipient: John Paul Goldby


Assoc Prof Les Allen

John Sanders Medal for “Excellence in

Developing or Applying Electron Microscope

Techniques”, provided by the Australian

Microscopy and Microanalysis Society

Assoc Prof Lloyd Hollenberg

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, provided

by Faculty of Science

Subjects Offered >



640-121/2 Physics (Advanced)

640-141/2 Physics

640-151/2 Physics Biomedical A/B

640-161/2 Principles & Applications

640-176 Solar System & Cosmos

640-177 Stars & Galaxies


640-223 Quantum Mechanics & Thermal Phys (Adv)

640-225 Electromagnetism & Relativity (Adv)

640-234 Further Classical & Quantum Mechanics

640-237 Astrophysics & Optics 2

640-243 Quantum Mechanics & Thermal Phys

640-245 Electromagnetism & Relativity

640-251 Instrumentation for Scientists

640-261 Energy & Environment


The Honours year comprises course work and

research project. The content of course work

may vary from year to year but typically include

subjects chosen from:

Atom Optics & Photonics

Extragalaxies, Astro & Cosmology

General Relativity

Particle Physics 1

Particle Physics 2

Quantum Mechanics A

Quantum Mechanics B

Quantum Structures

Quantum Field Theory

Scattering & Imaging

Statistical Mechanics


640-321 Quantum Mechanics (Advanced)

640-322 Thermal Physics (Advanced)

640-323 Electrodynamics (Advanced)

640-341 Quantum Mechanics

640-342 Thermal Physics

640-343 Electrodynamics

640-351 Astrophysics & Optics 3

640-353 Atomic, Molecular & Solid State Phys

640-354 Subatomic Physics

640-356 Theoretical Methods for Physics

640-364 Computational Physics

640-381 Principles & Applications of Sensors

640-385 Modelling, Visualisation and Analysis

MUPPETS show, Mildura

Outreach Programs >



This very popular series of free public lectures

has a long and enviable history in the school.

They are aimed at giving an insight into

fundamental questions in physics, and advances

in current research. They are given by researchers

from this school, and delivered in a format that

is accessible to the interested lay person. This

year’s theme was ‘Einstein Explained’

Professor Raymond Volkas, School of Physics

The light quantum: from the humble photoelectric

effect to the strange world of modern physics

(1 July)

Professor David Jamieson, School of Physics

Einstein's theory of Special Relativity: light, time

and space (8 July)

Professor Bruce McKellar, School of Physics

How the mass movement of trillions of atoms

changed the world (15 July)

Professor George Ellis, Professor of Applied

Mathematics and General Relativity at the

University of Cape Town, Templeton prize

winner (2004)

Curved Space and Compassion: Is there a link

between Einstein's General Theory of relativity

and our Humanity? (22 July)

Dr Elisabetta Barberio, School of Physics

E=mc²: Energy and matter entwined (29 July)


This series of monthly lectures is specifically

designed to provide enrichment and

encouragement for senior high-school students

who are studying physics. The meetings are

held monthly during the school year at 5 15 pm.

Assoc Prof Lloyd Hollenberg, School of Physics

The frontiers of physics and the limits of

knowledge (23 February)

Dr Stuart Wyithe, School of Physics

Structure of the Universe (20 April)

Prof Geoffrey Taylor, School of Physics

ATLAS: map for the beginning of the Universe

(18 May)

Dr Norman Frankel, School of Physics

Queer Universe (15 June)

Dr Maurizio Toscano, Melbourne Girls Grammar


Physics and Thinking (20 July)

Professor David Jamieson, School of Physics

Einstein’s theory of relativity: outrageous but

true! (10 August)


This professional development day consists of

5 sessions relevant to teachers of VCE Physics.

It is designed to keep teachers aware of

developments in physics, expand their horizons,

and assist them in keeping up to date with the

current high schools physics syllabus.

Dr Roger Rassool (School of Physics)

Alternative energy sources: the answer?

Professor Keith Nugent, School of Physics

The Australian Synchrotron: a meeting place for

physics and biomedical science

School of Physics Alumni

Gabriella Bright, James McCaw and Jessie


Where to from here? Careers after a Physics


Associate Professor Peter Farrell, Dept of

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

How to build an optical communication system

Dr Shane Huntington, School of Physics

Physics for fun and profit!


MUPPETS stands for Melbourne University

Physics Promotion, Education &Teaching


significant media attention. The images in this

feature were taken by Mildura’s Sunraysia Daily


Other MUPPETS Programs

In excess of 3,500 primary and secondary

students parents, teachers and careers teachers

in Australia and overseas benefited directly from

MUPPETS programs this year. Summer schools

attracted 490 high achieving students, some

of whom will undoubtedly be students of the

future for us.

Melbourne Physics Forum at the Melbourne

Town Hall

With ABC's Bernie Hobbs as the master of

ceremonies, this was a fun day of physics for

1500 Year 10 -12 school students. The day event

was designed to introduced Einstein's four big

ideas from 1905 and the ghost of Melbourne's

own physicist, William Sutherland, who actually

beat Einstein to one of these ideas.

The show comprised 4 mini-lectures with


E=mc 2 and cosmology presented by Prof Rachel


Brownian motion presented by Dr David Hoxley

Photo-electric effect presented by Dr Roger


Special Relativity presented by Prof David


In addition, alumni were on hand to help out

in a discussion panel on physics careers, the

role of physicists and the really “big science”



Bendigo February Tour

Setting up base at the Bendigo Science

Discovery Centre, the Muppets team, led by Dr

Roger Rassool, put on 2- 4 shows over 5 days in

which nearly every primary school in Bendigo

attended. The final show was hugely successful

which was open for parents and the general


Outback Roadshow

Presented as part of the Einstein International

Year of Physics, the roadshow was the biggest

and most ambitious yet for MUPPETS .

The vehicle convoy, carrying two tonnes of

equipment, covered more than 2400 kilometres

on its two-week outback itinerary. Led by Physics

academics Dr Roger Rassool and Associate

Professor Max Thompson, the MUPPETS team

of Physics staff and graduate students presented

major public shows and workshops in Mildura,

Broken Hill and Cobar and visited more than 30

schools along the way. As well as drawing fullhouse

audiences, the roadshow also attracted

Alumni & Friends >


The School of Physics renewed its focus with

alumni and friends with the development

of the Alumni Physics Newsletters. These

have been well received, especially by

the physics community who now live

overseas, as a way of keeping in touch.

In February, we hosted a Cocktail party reunion

which proved to be a great success. Young and

old took up the opportunity to reconnect with

familiar faces. It was especially pleasing to

see graduates from the 1940s at the party. We

were also privileged to have guest speaker and

alumnus, theoretician Professor Helen Quinn

AO join us for the event. She completed her

undergraduate degree at Melbourne before

moving to Standford.


The School greatly acknowledges the support

of the Mr Andrew Brooks of the Colonial

Foundation. They have generously provided

$360,000 over 3 years to expand Dr Roger

Rassool's Outreach activities.

in computer equipment destined for teaching

undergraduate and postgraduate purposes.

In 1984, Emeritus Professor JF Ward of

Townsville, set up a trust in memory of his greataunt

Edith Ward, who in 1896 was among the

first 55 women to graduate at The University of

Melbourne. Such support also commemorates

the association over a span of four generations

of the Ward Family with the School of Physics.

Colin A Ramm was appointed a 'Professor of the

University' in 1972, with a Personal Chair in the

Department of Physics 1982 - 1986. In 1987 he

became an Honorary Professor, and Professor

Emeritus in 1999. We value the contributions of

the Ramm family in support of the scholarship

prizes in their name.

The School continues to value the donations

to the University made by Misses Betty and

Jean Laby whose late father, Professor Thomas

Laby, was the Professor of Natural Philosophy

(Physics) from 1915-1944.

The School of Physics also acknowledges

the support of the Pierce Bequest, set up by

philanthropist Arthur Albert Howard Pierce. The

annual funds worth $30,000 have been invested

Vic Millar, Helen Conley and Prof Steven Prawer

Recruiting Organisations >


In addition to many universities and schools, organisations that have recruited our

graduates include:


Austin Hospital

Australian Synchrotron

Australian Government

Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Bureau of Meteorology

Boston Consulting Group

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Department of Human Services

Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO)

Ernst & Young

GBC Scientific Equipment


Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine

LEK Consulting

Momentum Funds Management

Walter Hall & Eliza Institute

More information >


For more information visit our web site

Additional contact information:

School of Physics

The University of Melbourne VIC 3010


T: +61 8344 7670

F: +61 9347 4783


Publication title: The School of Physics, Annual Report 2005

Authorised by: Professor Geoffrey Taylor

Published by: The School of Physics, November 2006

Copyright: The University of Melbourne

Photography: David Hannah, Jim Rule, Mark Silver, Les O'Rourke

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The information in this publication was correct at the time of printing.

The University reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.

As details may change students are encouraged to visit the

University's web site or contact the International Centre to obtain

the latest information.

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