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Department of Physics News and Events

Physics Seminar - Andrew Pauling

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Andrew Pauling, Department of Physics,  has just completed a Masters degree and is a recent recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

There and back again – Richard Blaikie’s IPL this evening

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Blaikie will give his Inaugural Professorial Lecture (IPL) at Archway 4 Lecture Theatre this evening – taking his audience with him on his journey chasing atoms, electrons and optics around the globe.

New aurora alert website launched

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A new aurora alert website that will help stargazers in Dunedin and the lower South Island predict when they will see an aurora was launched by Otago researchers during a gathering at Otago Museum last night.

Solar Tsunamis: In awe of the Aurora

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Join Professor Craig Rodger (Physics, University of Otago), photographer Simone Jackson and Otago Museum Director Dr Ian Griffin as they explain the science of auroras, discuss where to see them locally, and show you how best to capture them on camera. They will also be celebrating the launch of a new aurora alert website that will help stargazers in Dunedin and the lower South Island predict when they will see an aurora.

Fulbright Awardees from Physics

Friday, 23 June 2017

On the 19th of June, the Minister of Science and Innovation, Hon Paul Goldsmith, congratulated all New Zealand graduate students awarded Fulbright scholarships.

Otago Physicist wins international competition

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Otago Physicist Dr Harald Schwefel has won $30,000 worth of laser equipment in the inaugural Bright Ideas Competition, an international contest sponsored by Quantel Laser and the Optical Society (OSA) Foundation.

Dr Harald Schwefel Wins International Competition

Friday, 2 June 2017

After presenting his ideas to the international panel at CLEO in San Jose, USA, Harald has won the Bright Ideas Competition. He has been awarded $30,000 USD in laser equipment.

Sea ice, ice shelves and the ocean

Monday, 15 May 2017

During this delightful Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Professor Langhorne told us about how natural ice around the globe responds to climate change at different rates, depending on the location and the type of ice. She also described her efforts to reconcile her observations with models of sea ice close to an ice shelf in the framework of what is happening in the Southern Ocean; and in doing so, took us on a journey across and below the ice.