Super-duper-moon expected Monday morning

8 August 2014 A super-duper-moon which is bigger and brighter than any other full moon visible this year will appear on Monday (August 11) morning. (read article)

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Science study at UC doesn’t just take place in a lecture theatre or lab. Find out what Laura is researching at our Cass Field Station, an amazing facility for students.

John Hearnshaw

Introduction to John Hearnshaw

John Hearnshaw is a professor of astronomy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. John's main areas of research are in stellar spectroscopy and detection of exo-planets.

John Hearnshaw

Introduction to Cliff Franklin

Cliff Franklin is a lab technician at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Karen Pollard

Introduction to Karen Pollard

Dr. Karen Pollard is involved in researching 'The music of the stars' by looking at modes of non radial pulsations within the stars. 

David Wiltshire

Introduction to David Wiltshire

David Wiltshire is a professor of physics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. David's main area of research is on explaining dark energy and developing cosmological models that do not require its presence to drive an expanding universe. 

Anthony Butler

Introduction to Anthony Butler

Dr. Anthony Butler works on the MARS project at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Peter Cottrell

Introduction to Peter Cottrell

Prof. Peter Cottrell is an astronomer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Peter researches the spectra of stars and stellar evolution. 

‘I hope that I can make some form of discovery that is useful to mankind...’

Kane O'Donnell BSc(Hons) in Mathematical Physics
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Find us on Facebook

The Physics and Astronomy department is on Facebook.
The page will be updated with events and news as they come to hand and will be a great place for current students and staff as well our Alumni to keep in touch with the department.
Please come and like the page to receive updates.

Seminars

Department Seminars are held each Friday in Room 701, Level 7 of the Rutherford Building at 11am.
See Upcoming Seminars for more details.

Physics and Astronomy Annual Department Conference and BBQ

2014 Conference Programme (PDF 876KB).

You are invited to the 2014 Physics and Astronomy Annual Department Conference -Thursday 4th September

The day will begin with coffee and muffins in Engineering E120 Common Room from 8.45-9am and the conference will start in Engineering lecture theatre E6 at 9am. Catered morning tea and afternoon tea is provided in Engineering E120 Common Room.
The programme is fast pasted with the majority of talks only being 3 minutes with 2 minutes for questions with Students describing their PhD research in 3 minutes.

Since the conference is only one day, all post-grads, post-docs and staff are expected to attend the entire conference.
All Physics and Astronomy undergraduates are welcome.

We will be finishing the conference with a night at the Staff Club at Ilam Homestead from 5pm, so you are all invited to attend that.
It will be a BBQ followed by speeches and prize giving.

Please RSVP with your dietary requirement for the BBQ to sharlene.mullen@canterbury.ac.nz by Tuesday 2nd September.

See you there!

Vacancy - Post Doctoral Fellow - Physics and Astronomy (Superconductivity and Switching in Nanoparticle Films) 

  •  Full time, 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • 2 year fixed term position
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a two year fixed term post doctoral fellowship working on both fundamental properties and applications of nanoscale electronic devices in New Zealand. The successful applicant will undertake research into superconductivity and switching (memory) behaviour in films of nanoparticles (or “clusters”). The main research goals are to understand novel switching behavior (similar to memristor behaviour) in a percolating system and, in very similar samples, the resistance of superconducting networks of nanoparticles The project has been funded by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national Centre of Research Excellence, and the successful applicant will enjoy access to the facilities and programs of the Institute. Applications and more details can be found at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus, job ID 2338.

Mt John University Observatory 50th Anniversary Symposium
7th -8th May 2015

  • It will include presentations by former graduate students, reminiscences on the past history of Mt John, and talks on the future of NZ astronomy.
  • All former graduate students and BSc Hons and BSc students in astronomy, all former Mt John staff, and all those interested in optical astronomy in New Zealand are cordially invited.
  • Mt John night visit and observing.
  • Banquet on Thursday evening.
  • The symposium will be followed by the annual conference of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ website)
    (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, 8 – 10 May 2015).
  • A small registration fee will be levied.

For more information and to register your interest goto the Mount John Observatory 50th Anniversary Symposium website.

Get to know Department Staff with nUCleus

The aim of nUCleus is to provide a connection between the academic staff of the physics and astronomy department at the University of Canterbury to the wider public. In these videos on the nUCleus youtube channel you will be able to get to know the staff better, find out what goes on in the department and learn new and interesting facts regarding physics and astronomy.

PhD Studentship opportunities

Calculator Checks

Calculator checks for tests/exams will take place in Rutherford, Room 813, each Wednesday from 12.45 - 1.15 during semester 2.

Conferences

Archive of Departmental conferences and other conferences hosted and/or sponsored by the Department

Features

Sean Gourley (Dept Alumni) interviewed for "The Cashmere Circuit" produced by Cashmere Highschool. Article by Ella Jacobs

 

Department of Physics News Archive

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