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Department of Physics News and Events

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.

Professor Rob Ballagh retires

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

After 37 years of service to the Physics Department in exemplary research and teaching, Professor Rob Ballagh is retiring.

Respected Physics researcher and teacher retires

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Professor Rob Ballagh, who has been a member of the University for 37 years, is to retire at the end of this week, but intends to keep contributing to the Department of Physics and the wider institution.

Physics Colloquium - Dr Fran Bagenal

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Fran Bagenal is a Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and a researcher in the fields of space plasmas and planetary magnetospheres.