Physics and Astronomy News

Astronomers capture a pulsar ‘powering up’

A Monash-University-led collaboration has, for the first time, observed the full, 12-day process of material spiralling into a distant neutron star, triggering an X-ray outburst thousands of times brighter than our Sun.

Physics and Astronomy 2 June, 2020

Scientists show physics can be applied to understand the mystery of consciousness

An international study involving Monash physicists has confirmed a new approach to measure consciousness, potentially changing our understanding complex neurological problems.

Physics and Astronomy 25 May, 2020

Splitting quasiparticles with temperature: the fate of an impurity within a BEC

A new theoretical study at Monash University has improved our understanding of the interplay between quantum and thermal fluctuations (or excitations) in quantum matter.

Physics and Astronomy 14 May, 2020

Applying quantum-impurity theory to quantum fluids of light

A Monash-led study develops a new approach to directly observe correlated, many-body states in an exciton-polariton system that go beyond classical theories.

Physics and Astronomy 28 April, 2020
Dr Agustin Schiffrin and his team at the Monash School of Physics and Astronomy.

Putting artificial intelligence to work in the lab

An Australian-German collaboration has demonstrated fully-autonomous Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) operation, applying artificial intelligence and deep learning to remove the need for constant human supervision.

Physics and Astronomy 19 March, 2020
neutron stars

New study reveals possible formation of massive neutron stars from stellar collision

17th August 2017: a date marked down in the history books—the day the LIGO/Virgo collaboration made the first detection of gravitational waves from the death spiral of two neutron stars. Just 1.7 seconds later, astronomers observed a short

Physics and Astronomy 3 March, 2020
Stellar black holes

Stellar black holes much bigger than previously thought, study finds

An international study involving Monash astronomers has discovered for the first time that some black holes may be born more than twice the size than previously thought.

Physics and Astronomy 28 November, 2019
Dhaneesh Kumar

Controlling the charge state of organic molecule quantum dots in a 2d nanoarray

A Monash University study has fabricated a self-assembled, carbon-based nanofilm where the charge state (ie, electronically neutral or positive) can be controlled at the level of individual molecules, on a length scale of around one nanometre.

Physics and Astronomy 20 November, 2019

Monash science researchers awarded just over $2 million in funding as part of ARC DECRA scheme

Monash science researchers have received just over $2 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for five projects under the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme.

Science 18 November, 2019