Staff of the School of Physics

School of Physics Staff


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.

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.

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.

Paul Curmi
Structure and dynamics of biological macro-molecules; 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.

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).

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.

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.

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, electro-luminescence 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
Cosomology, 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 Rozenfeld
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 change 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

Andrew Briggs

Gary Copeland

Poul Erik Lindelof

Alexandre Milchtein
Theoretical Physics - Solid State.

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.

Benno Schoenborn
Biophysics - Neutron diffraction and impedance studies of important biomolecules.

Rajiv Singh
Theoretical Physics - Solid State.

Gaetano Senatore
Theoretical Physics - Solid State.

Giancarlo Strinati
Theoretical Physics - Solid State.

Nobuyoshi Wakabayashi
School - R & D Exchange Programme.

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 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.

Peter Barnes

Sin Moh Cheah

Vladimir Dmitriev
Atomic and Nuclear Theory

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

Anthony Duff
Protein Structure

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.

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

Mikhail Kozlov
Atomic and Nuclear Theory

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.

Dominic Ryan
Atomic and nuclear magnetism in rare-earth compounds.

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

Nasser Shahtahmasebi
Theoretical Physics — Solid State.

George Tsoupros
Atomic and Nuclear Theory.

Christopher Young
Photometric surveys of galaxies.

Research Staff

Kenji Bekki
Astrophysics; numerical simulations of galaxy processes.

Christopher Blake
Astrophysics; Large-scale structure studies using distant radio galaxies; cosmology.

Louise Brown

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 tunneling 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.

Hsi-Sheng Goan
The strength of hyperfine and exchange inter-actions of P donors in Si. Characterise sources of noise and decoherence in SETs.

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

Andrew Greentree
Application of coherent quantum optics to coherent electronic devices for quantum computation. Investigation of the coherent/incoherent interface.

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

Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer
Millimeter-wave astronomy

Michael Kuchiev
Multiphoton many-electron processes in atoms in strong laser fields. Atomic collisions which result in 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.

Linda Macks
Fabrication and measurement of quantum structures in the development of quantum computer devices via the “top-down” process.

John Markham
Theoretical Phyics — Solid State.

Sean McPhail
Condensed matter physics. Electrical and optical measurement of semiconductor quantum devices at milli-kelvin temperatures.

Adam Micolich
Experimental Studies of the electron properties of strongly interacting semiconductor nano-structures. Fabrication and measurement of organic electronics and nanodevices.

Vincent Minier

Lars Oberbeck
Fabrication of atomic-scale devices in silicon using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) towards silicon quantum computing.

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.

David Reilly
Physics of quantum-measurement of cryogenic (mK) temperatures, focussing on radio-frequency single electro-transistors and spin interactions in quantum wires.

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, cytoskelton, 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
Nanofabrication and infrastructure development for the Integrated Quantum Computer Devices program.

Marion Stevens-Kalceff
Condensed matter physics, microcharacterisation of the defect structure of wideband gap materials, irradiation induced defect generation and transformation, advanced electron microscope techniques and scanning probe microscopy.

Boaquin Sun

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

Tooru Taniguchi
Theoretical Physics

Alexandre Tarnopolsky
Musical Acoustics

Matthew Whiting

Kate Wilson
Physics Education

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

Attila Stopic
Musical Acoustics

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

Kim Puckey

Alisha Toft

Professional Officers

Nathan Boddam-Whetham

Gabriel Caus
First Year Computing Laboratory

Terry Chilcott

Jack Cochrane
Magnetic Materials & Mesoscopic

Vladimir Dzuba

Jon Everett

David Jonas

Ping Lau
Electronic Workshop

Patrick McMillan
Third Year Laboratory

Barry Perczuk
Third Year Laboratory

Bob Starrett

Joanna Szymanska

John Tann
Optoelectronics & Musical Acoustics

Frank Wright

Technical Consultant UNIX

Kristien Clayton

Cryogenics Manager

David Barber

Senior Technical Officers

Michael Benton
Second Year Laboratory

George Hatsidimitris

Garry Keenan
Demonstration Unit

Andre Skougarevsky

Technical Officers

Anthony Frith
First Year Laboratory

Mark Lu
Electronic Workshop

Dave Ryan
First Year Laboratory

Technical Assistants

Diana Edler
First Year Laboratory

Susan Fraser
First Year Laboratory

Acting Foreman

Ken Jackson
Mechanical Workshop

Laboratory Craftsman

Pritipal Baweja
Mechanical Workshop

Store Officer

John Horvath

Casual Research Assistants

Andrew Botros
Musical Acoustics

David Bowman
Musical Acoustics

Timothy Byrnes
Theoretical Physics

Jane Cavanagh
Musical Acoustics

Merlinde Kay
Atmospheric Physics

Benjamin Lange
Musical Acoustics

Yi Qin
Atmospheric Physics

Tamara Reztsova
Protein Structure

Sergey Rubanov
Condensed Matter Physics

Timothy Starling

Manfred Yew
Musical Acoustics

Casual Administrative Assistants

Andrew Gibson

Renata Jones

Peter Morrison
First Year

Yi Zhang
First Year

Casual Technical Officer

Jane Flemons

Casual Technical Assistant

Mushtaq Loan
Demonstration Unit

Tamara Reztsova
Demonstration Unit

Jason Whittaker
Demonstration Unit

Casual Laboratory Supervisor

Jack Sandall
Student Staff Workshop

Casual Professional Officer

Rolf Brenner

Terry Golombick



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