Staff from the School of Physics


Robert Clark
Experimental investigation of quantum physics in low dimensional semiconductors and semiconductor nanostructures and their application to the next generation of electronics and computing.

Hans Coster
Electrical properties of living cells and the membranes surrounding cells. Impedance spectroscopy and the electro-dynamics of cells in radio frequency electric fields leading to the creation of hybrid cells which have the potential to produce therapeutic materials such as monoclonal antibodies. Related research includes electrodisinfection of water, biosensors and molecular films.

Victor Flambaum
Theoretical Physics: Publications in atomic, nuclear, elementary particle, solid state, astrophysics, quantum chaos and statistical theory.

Michael Gal
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics: the study of the optical properties of semiconductors, semiconductor layer structures and interfaces; optoelectronics; optical instrumentation, particularly modulation spectroscopy and ultra-fast laser spectroscopy.

David Neilson
Condensed Matter Theory: Strongly correlated electron systems in semiconductors; metal-insulator transition in 2D; disordered electron glass; electron bi-layers; quantum wires; superconductor-nanostructure interfaces.

Jaan Oitmaa
Solid State Theory: Phase transitions and critical phenomena; magnetism; lattice dynamics; superconductivity.

John Storey
Infrared, far-infrared, mm and radio astronomy, HII regions, molecular clouds and star formation; infrared detectors and instrumentation; electronics, imaging, Antarctic astronomy.

Associate Professors

Michael Ashley
Astronomical instrumentation; infrared astronomy in Antarctica; optical transients from gamma ray bursts; wide-field photometric surveys.

Seán Cadogan
Magnetism and hyperfine interactions in metallic compounds; Amorphous metallic alloys; Mossbauer Spectroscopy, neutron scattering, muon spin relaxation.

Warrick Couch
Optical astronomy, observational cosmology, galaxy evolution and formation particularly in rich clusters; large-scale structure and galaxy redshift surveys; supernovae, distant searches, rates in nearby galaxies.

Paul Curmi
Structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules; x-ray crystallographic studies of protein structure; molecular dynamics simulations; protein folding and stability, understanding the function of enzymes at atomic level.

Chris Hamer
Lattice gauge theory of the strong interactions; critical phenomena in statistical mechanics.

Gary Morriss
Equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, chaotic dynamical systems, molecular hydrodynamics.

Richard Newbury
Experimental condensed matter: low dimensional semiconductor systems, mesoscopic devices. Studies involving very low temperature, high magnetic field. High pressure physics. Superfluidity and superconductivity.

Robert Stening
Electric currents and fields in the ionosphere, winds and tides in the upper atmosphere which drive these currents. Lunar tidal effects on the ionosphere; computer models of the low-latitude ionosphere.

Oleg Sushkov
Quantum many body theory including work in condensed matter, nuclear and atomic physics.

John Webb
Cosmology, Hubble space telescope observations; quasar spectroscopy; light element abundances; variability in the Fundamental Constants.

Joe Wolfe
Musical Acoustics: investigations of musical instruments, of the human vocal tract and of their interaction. Information, coding and processing of sound in the ear and in artificial systems. Thermal physics in biology, especially cryobiology and water relations.

Senior Lecturers

Mary Beilby
Molecular basis of salt tolerance in plants. Unusual transport systems in marine algae bryopsidophyceae. Multimedia in research and teaching.

Michael Box
Radiative transfer in the earth’s atmosphere; multiple scattering, perturbation techniques; climate effects of aerosols, remote sensing from satellites; scattering by haze and cloud particles.

Michael Burton
Infrared astronomy, including the interstellar medium, supernova remnants, shock and fluorescent excitation of molecular clouds, star formation and the galactic center; millimeter astronomy, Antarctic astronomy, science communication.

Alex Hamilton
Quantum transport phenomena in low dimensional semiconductor structures (2D quantum wells, ID quantum wires, and 0D quantum boxes), and the effects of inter-device interactions in multi-component semiconductor nanostructures; solid state quantum computation.

Marlene Read
Surface state band structure, electron and positron scattering from solid surfaces, surface structure analysis. Electrodynamics; relativistic mechanics (“special relativity”); geometrodynamics (“general relativity”). Physics education.

Michelle Simmons
Experimental condensed matter physics: nanofabrication and cryogenic measurement of quantum electronic devices. Understanding how ultra-pure, low dimensional systems conduct electricity. Atomic-scale fabrication of a solid-state silicon-based nuclear spin quantum computer using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE).

John Smith
Electrical characteristics of biological and artificial membranes. Electrodiffusion theory. Acoustics of musical instruments and the vocal tract; optimization of impedance measurements


Gail Box
Inversion of multispectral radiometer data to obtain information about aerosol size distribution; aerosols and the visual air quality of Sydney; relationship between physical and chemical properties of aerosols and their optical properties.

Peter Eyland
Spherical cap harmonic analysis

Maria Hunt
Molecular Line Astronomy; Millimetre Wave Astronomy; Observational Interstellar Chemistry; Biomolecules in the Interstellar Medium; Chemistry of Star Formation Regions.

Krystyna Wilk
Isolation, characterization and structure determination of algal light harvesting proteins. Research involves crystallization of proteins and analysis of x-ray diffraction data obtained for protein crystals.

Emeritus Professors

Dan Haneman
Semiconductor surfaces, thin films, electroluminescence from modified silicon structures and oxides.

Heinrich Hora
Laser and plasma theory (quantum and relativistic effects) multivalley band theory for semiconductors.

H. Julian Goldsmid
Thermoelectric materials and devices.

Adjunct Professors

Barry Allen
Biomedical physics, particularly in the area of experimental radiation oncology and in vivo body composition.

Brian Boyle
Cosmology, the large scale structure of the Universe and the properties of quasars.

Robert Robinson
Strongly correlated ƒ-electron systems, magnetism in uranium intermetallics, the dynamics of amorphous materials and neutron-scattering instrumentation.

Adjunct Associate Professor

Anatoly Rosenfeld
Research and development of silicon semiconductor radiation detectors for spectrometry and dosimetry of nuclear radiation with application in high energy physics and radiation oncology and diagnostic. Study of charge collection in silicon detectors and their radiation damage. Theoretical and experimental macro-micro dosimetry in mixed radiation fields on different radiation oncology modalities.

Adjunct Senior Lecturers

Nigel Freeman
Medical physics

Richard Smart
Development and validation of internal dosimetry techniques with specific application to modalities.

Visiting Professors

Graeme Russell
Properties of ultra-high quality, high-Tc superconducting single crystals based on the cuprates, and colossal magnetoresistance associated with the perovskite manganite materials; device applications; surface physics.

Alan Walker
Mechanisms of solute transport in plant cells; models for mycorrhizal infection and root growth in plants and of combined nitrogen movement through ecosystems.

Martin Zuckermann
Theoretical investigations of (i) the phase behaviour and physical properties of lipid bilayer membranes including lipid-sterol and lipid-protein interactions, membrane rupture (lysis) and the structure of lipid systems related to the stratum corneum of mammalian skin, (ii) polymer problems including the properties of polymer brushes and an examination of heteropolymer collapse with a view to understanding protein folding, (iii) kinetics of wetting for ternary systems containing surfactants, (iv) magnetism of weakly frustrated ferromagnets and (v) pattern formation of mammalian visual cortex.

Visiting Fellows

Arthur Anderson
Use of ultrasonic techniques to study oxygen related structural changes and processes in high temperature superconductors and the relationship of these phenomena to superconductivity.

Michael Drinkwater
Hidden galaxies in the local universe. Leader of the Fornax Spectroscopic Survey in collaboration with A/Prof. Warrick Couch (UNSW) and A/Prof. Rachel Webster (Melbourne).

Anthony Duff
Protein structure

Hans-Peter Eckle
Electrical and mechanical properties of nanostructures using exact and/or non-perturbative methods; exact solutions for low-dimensional quantum many-body systems.

Madan Kaila
High temperature superconductor materials and devices; to develop materials/devices for optical/infrared radiation detection; carry out mathematical/computational modelling to design optimum performance detectors for use at 77K.

Walter Kalceff

Galina Kaseko
Antibody response of human lymphocytes upon antigenic stimulation in vitro (in vitro immunization of human lymphocytes).

Poul-Erik Lindelof

Tohsak Mahaworasilpa
Effects of Electric Fields on Biological Cells; Electro-mechanics of Biological Cells; Electrical cell fusion for the production of human hybridomas; human Monoclonal Antibody Production from hybridomas.

Mykhaylo Marchenko
Atomic theory

Adam Micolich
Condensed matter physics

David Monaghan
Low frequency impedance measurements and electromechanics of biological cells.

Katrina Sealey
Quasar absorption lines, quasar surveys. Red bright quasar survey (RBQS) which is a large area optical survey designed to identify quasars with redshifts<4.

Ray Simons
Electrodialysis, diffusion dialysis, ultrafiltration, electric field effects on chemical reactions.

George Tsoupros
Atomic theory

Christopher Young
Photometric surveys of galaxies

Visiting Associate

Louise Griffiths
Cosmology, the large scale structure of the Universe

Working in the newly established Atomic Fabrication Facility (AFF) in the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology

Research Staff

Kenji Bekki

Michael Brunner
Theoretical Physics

Robert Bursill
The theory of excited states in conjugated molecules, computational quantum chemistry, low-dimensional systems in condensed matter, lattice gauge theory.

Stephen Curran
Astrophysics - observational cosmology

Neil Curson
Fabrication of nanoscale devices and studies into gas/surface reactions, using scanning tunnelling microscopy.

Roberto DePropris
Galaxy formation and evolution; galaxy luminosity function, dwarfs, chemical evolution of ellipticals, stellar populations.

Lutz Gaedt
Electro-disinfection of town water supplies from parasites; design of electro-chemical spacers for permanent enhancement of membrane filtration; and alternative energy sources and drive systems for automobiles.

Frederick Green
Theory of non-equilibrium transport and noise in nanostructures and devices

Steven Harrop
Structure and architecture of proteins by x-ray crystallography.

Michael Kuchiev
Multiphoton many-electron processes in atoms in strong laser fields. Atomic collisions which result in the final states with several low-energy charged particles; physics of instantons and its application to quantum gravity.

Jon Lawrence

Gilles Lerondel

Charles Lineweaver
Cosmology: temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background; cosmological constant; combining constraints from the cosmic microwave background with constraints from other cosmological data; exobiology.

Heiner Linke
Experimental studies of electron dynamics in microscale semiconductor structures, in particular quantum interference; chaos, non-equilibrium and non-linear effects. Current focus is on quantum ratchet effects in asymmetric microstructures.

Nancy Lumpkin
Silicon and GaAs/A1GaAs nanofabrication process development.

Linda Macks

Sean McPhail
Condensed Matter Physics. Electrical and optical measurement of semiconductor quantum devices at milli-Kelvin temperatures.

Vincent Minier

Lars Oberbeck
Epitaxial growth of silicon layers.

Andre Phillips
Airborne remote sensing; infrared instrumentation and satellite communications.

Igor Polonsky
Atmospheric physics; radiative transfer.

Balasubramanyam Ramesh
Star formation, molecular clouds, radio telescopes and instrumentation.

Angie Schultz
Star formation, the interaction of young stellar outflows with ambient matter. Shocks, Herbig-Haro objects, molecular hydrogen in these shocks.

Virginia Shepherd
Plant cell biology; fluorescence microscopy, cytoskeleton, cell-to-cell communication, dynamic vacuoles, action potentials, the ascent of sap, Australian native fish (especially gudgeons) ostracods, life of temporary ponds, history and philosophy of science; life and work of JC Bose.

Fay Stanley

Marion Stevens-Kalceff
Condensed matter physics

Boaquin Sun

Kiyonori Suzuki
Magnetic properties of nanocrystalline materials. Kinetics and thermodynamics of nonequilibrium materials; magneto-transport properties of materials.

Tooru Taniguchi
Theoretical physics

Ernestas Zasinas
Theoretical physics

Wan Hua Zheng

Wei Hong Zheng
Lattice gauge theory, statistical physics and condensed matter theory. Linked cluster expansion techniques; phase transition and critical point phenomena.

Research Assistants

Christine Cherry

Attila Stopic

Melinda Taylor

Administrative Staff

Ranji Balalla
First Year Office

Joji Conducto
Administration & Finance

Patricia Furst
Administration & Teaching

Susan Hagon

Gavin Hicks

Karen Jury

Venus Lim

Stephen Lo
Administration & Finance

Professional Officers

Gabriel Caus
First Year Computing Laboratory

Terry Chilcott

Jack Cochrane
Mesoscopics and Magnetic Materials

Scott Dann
First Year Laboratory

Vladimir Dzuba

Jon Everett

David Jonas

Patrick McMillan
Third Year Laboratory

Barry Perczuk
Third Year Laboratory

Bob Starrett
Quantum Measurement and Pulse Magnetic Measurement Fields

John Tann
Optoelectronics & Musical Acoustics

Frank Wright

Technical Consultant UNIX
Kristien Clayton

Cryogenics Manager
David Barber

Senior Technical Officers

Michael Benton
Second Year Laboratory

Gary Keenan
Demonstration Unit

Andre Skougarevsky

Technical Officers

Anthony Frith
First Year Laboratory

George Hatsidimitris

Ping Lau
Electronic Workshop

Mark Lu
Electronic Workshop

Dave Ryan
First Year Laboratory

Dr Virginia Shepherd, Dr Mary Beilby and student Ilana Benjaminson in the Biophysics laboratories.

Technical Assistant

Diana Edler
First Year Laboratory

Susan Fraser
First Year Laboratory

Engineering Manager
Trevor Hislop
Mechanical andElectronic Workshops

Acting Foreman
Ken Jackson
Mechanical Workshop

Laboratory Craftsmen
Pritipal Baweja
Mechanical Workshop

Store Officer
John Horvath

Casual Research Assistants

Till Boecking

Andrew Botros
Musical Acoustics

Lisa Caldalano
Condensed Matter

Ryan France
Musical Acoustics

Merlinde Kay

Sue Min Liu

Katia Pecros

Yi Qin

Tamara Reztsova
Protein Structure

Timothy Starling

Manfred Yew
Musical Acoustics

Casual Administrative Assistants

Renata Jones

Helena Jenson

Casual Technical Officer

Jane Flemons

Casual Technical Assistant

Mushtaq Loan
Demonstration Unit

Jason Whittaker
Demonstration Unit

Casual Laboratory Supervisor

Jack Sandall
Staff and Student Workshop

Casual Stores Officer

Ron Amor

Casual Teaching Assistants

Ying Zhou
First Year Office

Rodolph Salib
First Year Office

Casual Laboratory Assistant

Jae Ki Han

Casual Professional Officers

Rolf Brenner

Terry Golombick

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