Seminars and Colloquia

The School of Physics and Astronomy offers a series of vibrant colloquia and research seminars. These talks are delivered by invited guests from local and international institutions, as well as researchers from Monash.

All talks are held at the Clayton Campus: Getting to Monash Clayton Campus | Clayton Campus Map: Where to find the School of Physics and Astronomy

Colloquia are accessible to a general physics audience (undergraduates to academics); seminars are targeted at postgraduate students and researchers with a relevant background. All talks run for approximately 1 hour.

If you have questions about the talks, please contact: Physics
Dr Kavan Modi
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Astronomy & Astrophysics
Dr Rosemary Mardling
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(Talks for 2018

Professor Nancy Sandler - Ohio University
Strain enhancement of Kondo effect in Graphene
Monday 10 December - 11:00 G30, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Dr Christoph Federrath - ANU
The role of turbulence, magnetic fields and feedback star formation
Tuesday 4 December - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Richard Wigmans - Texas Tech University
Calorimetric particle detection in the 21st Century (download flyer)
Thursday 29 November - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Ankit Beniwal -Oskar Klein Centre, Stockholm University
A global study of the extended scalar singlet model (download flyer) (download slides)
Tuesday 27 November -15:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Arunava Mukherjee - Albert Einstein Institute
Neutron stars in the era of gravitational wave astronomy
Tuesday 27 November - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Professor Alex Hamilton - University of NSW
Semiconductor holes:  More spin for your buck
Monday 26 November - 14:00 G29, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Rob Harris - University of Queensland
CSS Holographic Quantum Error Correcting Codes (download flyer)
Thursday 22 November - 14:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Dr Jacques Pienaar - International Institute of Physics - UFRN, Brazil
Time symmetry in quantum causal models
Wednesday 21 November - 15:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Professor Qaisar Shafi - University of Delaware
Quest for Unification (download flyer)
Wednesday 21 November - 14:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Professor Michael Murphy - Swinburne University
Testing Fundamental Physics with Solar Twin Stars
Tuesday 20 November - 12:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Valentin Christiaens - Monash University
Observing the birth of planets
Tuesday 13 November - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Yang Zhang - Monash University
Calculation of Critical Temperature in Phase Transition (download flyer)
Monday 12 November - 11:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Informal Talk
Dr Hannah Middleton - University of Melbourne
LIGO noise lines and the search for continuous gravitational waves
Tuesday 30 October - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Vudtiwat Ngampruetikorn - Northwestern University:
Understanding the Physical Limits of the World’s Best Harmonic Oscillator (download flyer)
Wednesday 24 October - 14:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Claudio Paganini - Monash University
A Walk on the Beach of the Dirac Sea - An Introduction to Causal Fermion Systems (download flyer)
Monday 22 October - 11:30 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Associate Professor Andy Martin - University of Melbourne
A New Spin on Nitrogen-Vacancy Centre Research in Diamond (download flyer)
Wednesday 17 October - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Christopher J. Wood - IBM
Characterizing correlated quantum errors
Wednesday 16 October - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Dr Meridith Joyce - ANU
On the scope and fidelity of 1-D stellar evolution models
Tuesday 16 October - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Julian Adamek - Queen Mary University of London
Relativistic effects in cosmic large-scale structure
Tuesday 9 October - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Yuki Fujii - Monash University
A search for a lepton flavour violating muon to electron Conversion with a sensitivity below 10-16 in COMET (download flyer)
Monday 8 October - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Professor Wen-Xin Tang - Chongqing University
Surface electron microscopy and its applications on two-dimensional materials
Friday 5th October - 11:00 G30, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Professor Warwick Bowen - University of Queensland
Quantum sensing with light: from single molecules to quantized vortices (download flyer)
Wednesday 3 October - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Dr Kimitake Hayasaki
Tidal disruption of a star by a supermassive black hole
Tuesday 2 October - 12.00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Yi Du - University of Woollongong
Elemental 2D Materials (Xenes) beyond Graphene
Thursday 27 September - 11:00 G30, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Dr Srinivasan Raghunathan - University of Melbourne
Measuring masses of galaxy clusters using CMB-cluster lensing.
Thursday 20 September  - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Jacinda Ginges - University of Queensland
The atom as a laboratory for new physics searches (download flyer)
Wednesday 19 September - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Amadeo L. Vazquez de Parga - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Graphene as playground for molecules: from physisorption to catalysis
Tuesday 18 September - 11:00 G30, New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Cancelled Dr Yuki Fujii - Monash University
A search for a lepton flavour violating muon to electron Conversion with a sensitivity below 10-16 in COMET (download flyer)
Monday 17 September - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Brendon Lovett - University of St Andrews
Quantum decoherence in coupled systems: Modelling, and implications for solar energy harvesting (download flyer)
Wednesday 12 September - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Janosch Rieger - A Galerkin-type approach to shape optimisation in the space of convex sets and its application to Electrical Impedance Tomography
Professor David Paganin - X-ray Ghost Imaging (download flyer)
Tuesday 11 September - 15:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Optical Physics Seminar
Anthony van Eysden - Montana State University
Are neutron stars turbulent?
Tuesday 11 September - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Aidan F Brooks (LIGO Lab)
A+: a medium scale upgrade to Advanced LIGO
Friday 7 September - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Andre Carvalho - Griffith University
Cat, mice and butterflies:  a tale of quantum control (download flyer)
Wednesday 5 September - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Kelvin McQueen - Chapman University
In defence of the self-location uncertainty account of probability in the many-worlds interpretation (download flyer)
Monday 20 August - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Seminar
Atsushi Fujimori - University of Tokyo
Soft x-ray spectroscopy of magnetic materials for spintronics
Wednesday 8 August - 11:00 G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar

Professor Karl Glazebrook - FAA (Director of the Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing, and a Director of the Board of Astronomy Australia Limited) and Mr Mark McAuley - (CEO of Astronomy Australia Limited)

Tuesday 7 August  - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Shane Farnsworth - Max Planck Institute
Spin Factor Geometry (download flyer)
Friday 3 August - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Shaffique Adam - National University of Singapore
On why strongly interacting Dirac fermions in two dimensions appear weakly interacting
Wednesday 1 August - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Nick Rubin - Rigetti Quantum Computing
Hybrid algorithm development at Rigetti Quantum Computing (download flyer)
Wednesday 25 July - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Mathew Pitkin - University of Glasgow
Pulsars as gravitational wave sources
Tuesday 24 July - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Anish Amarsi - Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Parameters and abundances of late-type stars based on 3D non-LTE modelling
Tuesday 12 June - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Ben Farmer - Imperial College London
Calculating p-values in Beyond-the-Standard-Model global fits (download flyer)
Wednesday 6 June - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Giorgio Busoni - The University of Melbourne
Direct Detection of Energy - suppressed operators (download flyer)
Wednesday 23 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Marco Bruni - University of Portsmouth
Weak field and full GR cosmological simulations
Tuesday 22 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Mr John Garlionis - University of Melbourne
Radiative neutrino mass and the flavor anomalies: a circumstantial case  (download flyer)
Wednesday 16 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Mr Mathias Jorgensen - Technical University of Denmark
Efficiently simulating quantum mechanical systems with memory (download flyer)
Thursday 10 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Dr Guy Cohen - Tel Aviv University
Taming the dynamical sign problem: the Inchworm algorithm (download flyer)
Wednesday 9 May - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Zachary Kemp - Propagation based phase retrieval using artificial neural networks (download flyer)
Dr Florian Schaff - Directional Small-Angle X-ray Scattering Computed Tomography (download flyer)
Tuesday 8 May - 14:30 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Imaging & Optical Physics Seminar
Sarah Leslie - University of Heidelberg
Evolution of star formation and dust properties of galaxies over cosmic time
Tuesday 8 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
CANCELLED - Amadeo L. Vazquez de Parga - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Graphene as playground for molecules: from physisorption
Tuesday 8 May - 11:00 G30, New Horizions Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Professor Raymond Volkas - The University of Melbourne
Neutrino mass models: Connections with other fundamental mysteries (download flyer)
Friday 4 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Simon J Murphy - University of Sydney
An exciting haul of planetary, binary and triple systems for pulsation timing
Tuesday 1 May - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Professor Paul Mulvaney - The University of Melbourne
Exciton Science - Shining New Light on an Old Topic (download flyer)
Thursday 26 April - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Director's Colloquium
Dr Rachael Livermore - University of Melbourne
Harnessing the Power of Gravitational Lensing
Tuesday 24 April - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Kamil Korzekwa - University of Sydney
Coherifying quantum states and channels
Wednesday 18 April - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Michelle Cluver - Swinburne University
Closing in on the Hidden universe
Tuesday 17 April - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Matthew Hillier - Monash University
Using software tools in exams for STEM (download flyer)
Wednesday 11 April - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Dimitri Veras - University of Warwick 
The growing field of post-main-sequence exoplanetary science
Tuesday 10 April - 12:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
CANCELLED - Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan - University of Manchester
Capacitive pressure and touch sensors with suspended graphene-polymer heterostructure membranes
Thursday 5 April - 11:00 G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET and MCATM Seminar
Dr Ben Baragiola - RMIT University
Driving a quantum systems with propagating Fock states of light:  non-Markovian master equations (download flyer)
Wednesday 28  March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Professor Ralf Klessen - Heidelberg University 
Star formation
Tuesday 27 March - 12:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Jennifer MacLeod - Queensland University of Technology
Molecular nanoarchitectures from on-surface reactions and assembly
Thursday 22 March - 14:00 G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Dr Stephan Rachel - University of Melbourne
Quantum Design of Topological Matter (download flyer)
Wednesday 21  March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Camille Thomson - Australian Institute of Policy and Science
Tall Poppy Science Award
Wednesday 21 March - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk FLEET Information Seminar
Professor Chris Tout - Churchill College Cambridge
Highly Magnetic White Dwarfs and other Stars
Tuesday 20 March - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Martijn van der Kamp - Monash Business School
Unconscious Bias - How we deal with others without knowing it (download flyer) ( download slides ) (download Bias Codex) (download 20 Cognitive Biases)
Thursday 14 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Blanca Biel - University of Granada
Electronic properties and SPM characterization of transition metal dichalcogenides
Wednesday 14 March - 11:00 G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Professor Stephen Godfrey - Carleton University
Topics in Bottomonium Physics (download flyer)
Tuesday 13 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Ursula Laa - Monash University
Understanding LHC searches for New Physics with Simplified Models (download flyer)
Thursday 8 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Professor Tim Duty - University of NSW
Quantum physics in one dimension and the fate of the dual Josephson effect (download flyer)
Thursday 7 March - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Elizabeth Stanway - University of Warwick
Understanding Intense Star Formation through Observations and Modelling
Tuesday 6 March - 12:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Mr Sioni Summers - Imperial College London
Track reconstruction in the Level 1 trigger of the CMS experiment at the High Luminosity LHC (download slides)
Tuesday 6 March - 15:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Andrew Garner, National University of Singapore
Quantum Precision: Unbounded memory advantage in stochastic simulation using quantum mechanics
Thursday 1 March - 15:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Quantum Information Seminar
Professor Ulrik Egede - Imperial College London
Can Beauty in particle physics reveal the secrets of the Universe? (download flyer)
Thursday 1 March - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Research Seminar
Dr Marzena Szymanska - University College London
Quantum Fluids of Light in and out of Equilibrium (download flyer)
Wednesday 28 February - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk Colloquium
Dr Jean-Francois Gonzalez (Lyon) - IAU
Self-induced dust traps: from apparent gaps to planetesimal formation
Tuesday 27 February - 13:00 Room 110, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Helen Brooks - Monash University
Modelling Multi-jets at the LHC with HEJ+Pythia (download flyer)
Thursday 15 February - 15:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Mr Ryan Urquhart - Curtin University
Measuring the mechanical power of rapidly-accreting black holes and neutron stars: jets, winds and bubbles
Friday 9 February - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Professor Shuyun Zhou - Tsinghua University
Two-dimensional materials and hetero-structures for new topological phases and tailored electronic structures (download flyer)
Tuesday 6 February - 11:00 G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Professor Laurent Bellaiche - University of Arkansas
Topological Defects in Ferroelectrics and Multiferroics (download flyer)
Monday 5 February - 11:00 G30 New Horizons Centre, 20 Research Way FLEET Research Seminar
Mr Robert Verheyen - Nijmegen University
Electroweak Radiation in Antenna Showers (download flyer) ( download slides )
Thursday 1 February - 11:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Takashi MoriyaNational Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Superluminous supernovae and their origins
Tuesday 30 January - 13:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk MOCA Seminar
Dr Pankaj Sharma - University of Adelaide 
Charged Higgs search prospects in bosonic decays at the Large Hadron Collider (download flyer)
Monday 22 January - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar
Dr Jeremy Dalseno - University of Bristol
Amplitude Analysis of D -> pi+ pi- pi+ pi- and K+ K- pi+ pi- with CLEO Data
Tuesday 8 January - 14:00 Room 107, Level 1, 10 College Walk HEP Seminar