ARC Centres of Excellence Announced

Today the Australian Research Council has announced the next round of funding for the ARC Centres of Excellence.

This is the ARC's flagship scheme for fundamental research, providing long term funding (7 years) for 15-20 Chief Investigators across several universities and other scientific organisations, both within Australia and overseas. TCQP is represented in two new Centres, the ARC Centre for Excellence in Exciton Science (Russo and Cole) and the ARC Centre for Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies (Cole). This is in addition to our existing presence in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (Greentree).

PhD Submission - Jackson Smith

Four years to the day (official SGR time) Jackson Smith has submitted his PhD thesis entitled "Modelling the electronic properties of zero-, one-, and two-dimensional phosphorus systems in semiconductors". Using a variety of theoretical techniques (both individually and in concert), Jackson studied electron transport in delta-doped phosphorous layers in silicon and germanium. In one thesis, Jackson developed a new method for treating two-dimensional delta-doped sheets using Thomas-Fermi theory, performed the first transport simulations of phosphorous nanowires, completed the largest DFT calculations this group has ever performed (in terms of number of atoms and memory) and computed the phosphorous donor energy level in silicon using ab-initio methods - finding an agreement with experiment of better than 10%. It also includes some of the most detailed appendices I've ever seen in a PhD thesis. This thesis is a testament to Jackson's breadth and depth of knowledge as a theorist as well as his dogged perfectionism. It is a most enjoyable read and I must admit, was well worth the wait. Excellent job Jackson.

TCQP 2016 comings and goings

The beginning of 2016 sees quite a few movements of TCQP members (both in and out).

Tim DuBois is now established in his new position within the Electromagnetic Field Theory research group at Chalmers University of Technology. In addition, he recent had his PhD graduation - as illustrated by the floppy-hat selfie.

Both Scott Todd and Daniel Stavrevski successfully completed their honours degrees at the end of 2015. Scott will commence a PhD at the beginning of the year, while at this stage Daniel plans to commence a Masters by Research later in the year.

In addition, this year we welcome three new honours students Ben Dumas (supervisor Cole), Richard Rutter (Greentree) and Joseph Worboys (Greentree).

Recent TCQP conferences, returning travellers and new results

TCQP had a good presence at two recent conferences. In February, Nicolas, Jackson and Jared all gave talks at ICONN 2016 in Canberra while in March Sam, David and Jared presented their work at the German Spring Meeting in Regensburg.

David Ing has finally returned from a 12 month exchange to the University of Ulm (Germany) and Sam has also returned from two months in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany).

On the science front, Dr. Jan Jeske's work on lasing in the NV centre has had two recent successes with the publication of the original theoretical proposal (Jeske et al. Laser threshold magnetometry) as well as the first experimental measurements of Stimulated emission from NV centres in diamond. Speaking of the arXiv, Prof. Andrew Greentree has also recently posted a review of his favourite topic, Spatial adiabatic passage: a review of recent progress.

PhD Submission - Kelly Walker

A big year of submissions and completions continues with Kelly Walker who submitted her PhD thesis today, entitled "Charge correlation and transport properties in one-dimensional arrays of tunnel junctions". Kelly's thesis is an extensive study of what is know and not known about transport through tunnel junction arrays, both the linear and bilinear cases. She has explored a sizeable chunk of what is an incredibly large parameter space and found many surprising new observations in these circuits. Kelly has published 3 papers during her PhD, in PRB, IEEE (ICONN conference proceeding) and Sci.Rep. I hope that now Kelly has submitted she will finally take a holiday, because as far as I can tell she has spent close to 7 days a week for 3.75 years working on her thesis. Well done Kelly, your hard work has certainly paid off in a very extensive and detailed thesis.