|Title||Physics and PEMS at UNSW Canberra|
|Speaker||Prof. Warrick Lawson|
|Abstract|| The School of Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Sciences (PEMS) is the science school at the Canberra campus of the University of New South Wales. Physics is a key strength. We research in three main areas, Condensed Matter & Materials Physics, Meteorology, and Astrophysics. Our Condensed Matter & Materials Physics research focuses on a range of advanced and functional materials with applications including: magnetic, electronic and optical signal processing and storage, ionising radiation dosimetry and imaging, magnetic cooling, and spintronics. We have a particular interest in compounds that contain rare-earth elements. In our laboratories we utilize hyperfine techniques including Mössbauer spectroscopy, NMR, EPR and PAC, and we also make extensive use of national and international neutron and synchrotron facilities. In Meteorology, our principal research expertise is the numerical simulation of tropical cyclones (TCs) with an emphasis on the analysis of landfall events and their societal impacts. Of great interest to both China and Australia, there has been a steady rise in the frequency of land-falling TCs since the 1980’s, with the average economic impact of Asian land-falling TCs approaching USD 300 million. In Astrophysics, we study young stellar systems. Our staff discovered two of the closest young star clusters to Earth using orbiting X-ray telescopes. We are leading a national program to discover all young stars in the southern sky brighter than an I-band magnitude of 12, with a view to identifying the best objects for follow-up observations to detect young exoplanets.|
PEMS staff teach and research in the broad discipline areas of Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Oceanography. PEMS has over 30 academic staff, all PhD trained and all experienced in the supervision of PhD students. We currently have over 60 PhD students, with more than 20 from China. We have forged links with a number of Chinese institutions, in particular the Sino-Australian Research Centre for Coastal Management (SARCCM) has nodes at UNSW Canberra and the Ocean University of China in Qingdao.
|Speaker's CV|| Warrick Lawson is Professor of Physics and Head of School, School of Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Sciences at UNSW Canberra.|
Professor Lawson obtained a BSc in Physics in 1983, MSc with Honours in Astronomy in 1985, and a PhD in Astronomy in 1990 from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He joined UNSW Canberra in 1991.
Professor Lawson is an astrophysicist with research interests involving the X-ray, optical and infrared study of the stellar populations of the nearest star formation regions including study of the physical and chemical properties of their planet-forming disks using facilities such as the Spitzer and Herschel Space Telescopes, stellar evolution, and the properties of variable stars. He publishes in the leading international astronomical journals including The Astrophysical Journal, The Astronomical Journal, Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Monthly Notices of the RAS.
He is a member of the International Astronomical Union and the Astronomical Society of Australia.