Detection of supernova‐produced (radio)nuclides in terrestrial archives gives insight into massive star nucleosynthesis; when and where are heavy elements formed.
Direct observation of radioactive nuclides from stars and the interstellar medium would provide first experimental constraints on production rate.s We will use the most sensitive technique, accelerator mass spectrometry.
Out-of-equilibrium dynamics – be it caused by a disturbance and subsequent “rethermalisation”, or by passing through a phase transition – is a difficult question to characterise.
This project looks at both equilibration and phase transitions in a Bose-Einstein condensate of metastable helium atoms.
You will use the BEC to study fundamental quantum mechanics and for applications like atom interferometry.
The idea of equilibration is ubiquitous throughout nature.Direct observation is needed and can only be accomplished in the MIR with cancelation of glare from the host star.The quest for earth like planets faces the same challenge.An optical quantum memory will capture a pulse of light, store it and then controllably release it.This has to be done without ever knowing what you have stored, because a measurement will collapse the quantum state.This theoretical physics project aims to develop novel schemes for generating long-lived, thermally-robust entanglement between individual pairs of cold atoms.Theoretical models developed in this project will inform optical tweezer experiments in the lab of Mikkel Andersen at the University of Otago.The Global Network of Optical Magnetometers for Exotic Physics (GNOME) uses precision atomic magnetometers to look new physics.The concept is to have a global network of magnetometers looking for correlated magnetic field fluctuations that may be caused by strange, and unknown physics.MIR integrated devices can accomplish this and ANU leads the world in this field.A fundamental scientific question is a better understanding of the elemental abundances and the isotopic pattern of our solar system which is a fingerprint of stellar nucleosynthesis.