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Cavendish Graduate Student Conference on Physics

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Graduate students talk about their research on Thursday 3rd December 2009 at the Cavendish laboratory. The conference is aimed at staff, postdocs, graduates and especially UNDERGRADUATES . The aim is to learn about each other’s research and foster discussion between the students and across different areas.

£30 book voucher prize for best talk in each session voted by audience.

£20 book voucher prize for the three best posters (judged by a panel the days before). (poster submission to tjkb2)

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The program:

09:00 Arrival

09:05 Intro Prof. Malcolm Longair

Session One, chaired by Dr Jacqui Cole:

09:20 – 09:40 Nicholas Gibbons “Rolling up Light” NanoPhotonics Plasmonic metamaterials used for optical control and manipulation

09:40 – 10:00 Mark Wilson &Akshay Rao “Organic Solar Cells” Optoelectronics Doubling Photocurrent with Exciton Fission

10:00 – 10:20 Katherine Thomas “Iridescence in Nature” BSS Thin Films and Interfaces Aging of blue iridescence seen in the tropical fern Selaginella Willdenowii

10:20 – 10:40 Robert McNeil “Join the dots to reveal….. a quantum computer” Semiconductor Physics Recent progress towards spin qubits using electrons trapped by surface acoustic waves

10:40 – 11:15 Poster session + coffee

11:15 – 11:20 Prof Sir Richard Friend: “PhD as a career choice?”

Session Two, chaired by Prof. Sir Richard Friend

11:20 – 11:40 Kian Sing Low “How can dying save the world?” Surface, Microstructure and Fracture Looking at the structure-property relationships of dyes used in dye sensitized solar cells

11:40 – 12:00 John Biggins “Teaching rubber how to dance” Theory of Condensed Matter Actuation of poly-domain liquid crystal elastomers

12:00 – 12:20 Vicki Moeller “Bigger is Better: Strong Gravity at the LHC ” High Energy Physics Data-taking with the ATLAS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider

12:20 – 12:40 Dong Fang “Spintronics: electronics of the future” Microelectronics Magnetic resonance experiment on GaMnAs nanodevices

12:40 – 13:50 Lunch

Session Three, chaired by Dr Zoran Hadzibabic:

13:50 – 13:10 David Tompsett “Magnetism in Solids that Break the Rules” Quantum Matter The Breakdown of Fermi-Liquid Behaviour in Magnetic Materials

14:10 – 14:30 Kunal Vyas “Can magnetism fight swine flu?” Thin Film Magnetism A Labelling Technology for Biological Assays

14:30 – 15:00 Abdus Salam Runner up Moritz Kreysing “Millions of lenses in a single eye” BSS Mammalian photo receptor cell nuclei adapt to vision

15:00 – 15:30 Poster session + coffee

Session Four, chaired by Prof Robert Kennicutt:

15:30 – 16:10 Abdus Salam Winner 1 Petra Vertes “Shape Matters” BSS The role of topology in memory and learning

16:10 – 16:50 Abdus Salam Winner 2 Stefan Palzer “How to fermionize a Bose Gas” AMOP Quantum Transport through a Tonks-Girardeau Gas

16:50 – 17:15 Prize ceremony with Abdus Salam representatives and Prof. Malcolm Longair

17:15 Wine reception at poster exhibition

This talk is part of the Cavendish Graduate Students' Conference, December 2009 series.

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