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Prof David N. Jamieson
David is a Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne and Head
of the School of Physics of the University of Melbourne. This is one of
the leading Physics Schools in Australia with more than 100 research,
teaching and support staff together with around 90 higher degree
students. He completed his PhD in physics at the University of Melbourne
in 1985 and then spent 4 years working at Caltech (USA) and the
University of Oxford (UK) as a postdoctoral research fellow. His research
expertise in the field of ion beam physics, particularly in the use of
focused ion beams for
materials modification and analysis.
He has developed single ion implantation
techniques for the deterministic doping of semiconductor devices and for
charge injection and transport studies. A key outcome to date has been
the successful fabrication of a nanoscale device that has demonstrated
the control and readout our of a single electron spin. This device is
being used to test some of the key functions of a revolutionary quantum
computer constructed in silicon.
He has been a finalist in the Australian
Awards for University Teaching and has published over 250 papers in
scientific journals, conference proceedings and 1 book. He served as
President of the Australian Institute of Physics from 2005 to 2006 and is
a Fellow of the AIP and the Institute of Physics UK. He also gives
numerous annual public lectures around Australia on fundamental questions
He was previously Director (1996-2008) of the Microanalytical Reseach
in the School
at the University
. MARC is a busy research group with major
research interests in the fields of nanotechnology, especially quantum
computer technology, and microanalysis. MARC was founded in the
late 1980's by Dr George Legge to house research activities associated
with nuclear microprobe technology and applications. This is
still a major research interest of the group today. In 2000 MARC
became part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research
Centre for Quantum Computer Technology which became the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum
In addition to his professional activites at the University of Melbourne
I have also served as the Vice President (2003-4) and President (2005-6) of
the Australian Institute of Physics
. I chaired a working group coordinating the AIP activities
for the Einstein International Year of Physics 2005. This year,
declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations, celebrates
Einstein's miraculous year of 1905. Both the
international web pages
AIP web pages
provide more information on the activities
associated with this year (see also the links under OUTREACH below).
Also available here are my short CV
(for an up to date list please search on "D.N. Jamieson" using
Inspec or similar).
On September 15 2005 I gave my inaugural professorial lecture as part of
the 2005 Dean's Lecture Series. The lecture title was "Einstein's
revolution: quantum and relativity technology for the 21st Century".
Here is a pod cast of the lecture (60MB mp3 file).
starts mid-way through the Dean's introduction. The sound quality
improves when I start speaking.
Here is a second podcast
titled: A Quantum Leap in Computing
done by professionals as part of the University
of a Melbourne "Up Close"
podcast audio talk show.
On the night of December 6 2006 I was privileged to give the address at the dinner of the Australian Institute of Physics
17th National Congress. Here is a podcast of the address.
In this speech I give
my views on the role and challenges of Physics (and technology) in our society.
We are always looking for PhD students to join our group and
participate in our research activities. Note that overseas
students need to apply for a scholarship to support their
studies. You can see the information about scholarship
application procedures at the University
. More information about postgraduate
studies in Physics is available here
Here is a list of possible research topics
students seeking to join us for higher degree studies. Here is a
separate research page
downloads of executable ion optics software, cross section data
bases and other things.
You can find manuals for our hardware and software on the
I am very interested in outreach actvities that present physics to the
general public. Since 1990 I have organised and presented the
"July Lectures in Physics" on fundamental topics in physics to a wide
audience. This series, which was founded by Dr Graeme Sargood,
Prof Tony Klein and Prof Geoff Opat has been running every year since
1968. You can find a list of all July
lectures since foundation here
In the International Year of Physics 2005 the School of Physics and the AIP mounted
a substantial campaign. The IYoP2005
web site lists some activities and also provides essays on the great Melbourne Physicist
William Sutherland. My essay on the fundamental role of
Einstein's theory of relativity in explaining the phenomenon of
magnetism is found here
Galileo's invention of the astronomical telescope: the discovery of moons, stars and a new planet
In 2009 I presented a July Lecture for the International Year of
Astronomy. The topic of the lecture attracted considerable attention worldwide. In the lecture
I discuss Galileo's astronomical observations.
In the last few months of 1609 and the first months of 1610 Galileo used his
astronomical telescope of unprecedented precision and power to make an avalanche of
astounding new discoveries.
This triggered a revolution in the way humanity sees its place in the cosmos.
Some of these discoveries are well known like the discovery of the moons of
Jupiter, the phases of Venus and the lunar landscape. But in the literature there is
surprise drawn from the pages of Galileo's logbooks of 1612 and 1613.
He notes the position of a "fixed star" that does not exist in any star chart.
This is because it is really the planet Neptune which Galileo observed 234 year
before its official discovery. Remarkably, the notes from Galileo’s observations
reveal he observed Neptune move on two successive nights of January 1613. In the lecture I
speculate if Galileo realised that this "fixed star" was a planet. If so,
this would be the first discovery of a new planet by humanity since deep
antiquity. As I discussed in the lecture, evidence that Galileo
realised he had seen a new planet could still be hidden deep in his notebooks.
An extended article based on this lecture was published in Australian
Physics 46 Number 3 May/June 2009 and is available here
The article references the prior work on Galileo's observations of Neptune.
In 2012 the BBC incorporated some of this material on a program
celebrating the first birthday of Neptune. In this context the first
birthday is the first orbit of Neptune aroud the Sun since it was
officially discovered. The program incorporated an interview with me
and an actor voiced some of the things I speculated that Galileo may have
been thinking in 1613.
Here is a link to the
BBC program on the first birthday of Neptune.
Does E=mc2 apply to chemistry?
In 2010 I had the opportuntiy to contribute to a script for ABC science
journalist Bernie Hobbs on E=mc2 and how it applies to all types of
energy. Bernie presented examples drawn from
chemistry, mechanics and the usual nuclear physics. Remarkably there was
a lot of follow-up from members of the audience who were not sure it had
applications apart from nuclear physics. This created a lot of dialogue
until they saw the light. The
program is here.
discussion appears here.
Materials Research Society Fall Meeting 2012 - Symposium G
At this conference I was invited to speak on "Materials for
Systainability (Symposium G)". I had the opportunity to link work from
the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology to
this field. The talk was vidoed and placed on the MRS web site. Please
note that while accessing the video presentation is free, you must
create an account at MRS OnDemand. Once you have a username and
password, you can access any of these presentations anytime for free.
The presentation is
number G1.04 located about half way down the page linked here.
All the resources provided for my teaching program of courses for
students enrolled at the University of Melbourne can now be found on
the LMS. In collaboration with Jon Pearce, and funding from CAUT, we developed a
web-based teaching package, MARCSHOP
to introduce the fundamentals of ion beam analysis. Although the
technology is now almost obsolete, you can use vacuum tube video
monitors to display real quantum mechanics. If you have one
of these old monitors and are looking for a real quantum mechanics
demonstration (not a simulation) you will find it here
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