Title Project Description Level Supervisor(s)
SRS-27/17 Quantum Technology Lab - Machine learning and automated alignment in quantum photonics

Duration:  6-8 weeks

Contact for further information:  Email andrew.white@uq.edu.au; phone +61 7 335 57902 or +61 7 336 53415.

Summer Project Professor Andrew White, Dr Marcelo Almeida, Dr Jacqui Romero & Dr Till Weinhold
SRS-26/17 Quantum Technology Lab - Measurement of the reality of the quantum wave function

Duration:  6-8 weeks

Contact for further information:  Email andrew.white@uq.edu.au; phone +61 7 336 57902 or +61 7 336 53415.

Summer Project Professor Andrew White, Dr Marcelo Almeida, Dr Jacqui Romero & Dr Till Weinhold
SRS-25/17 Quantum Technology Lab - Quantum optical measurements of sonoluminescence

Duration:  6-8 weeks

Contact for further information:  Email andrew.white@uq.edu.au or phone +61 7 336 57902 or +61 7 336 53415.

Summer Project Professor Andrew White, Dr Marcelo Almeida, Dr Jacqui Romero & Dr Till Weinhold
SRS-24/17 Mathematical/computational modelling of tissue morphology and tumour growth

Suitable for:  Second/Third year students with background in mathematics, physics, engineering who are interested in the applications of mathematical models and computer simulation into cell biology and medicine (previous background in biology is not required).

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Summer Project Dr Zoltan Neufeld
SRS 23/17 Cosmology with the Dark Energy Survey

Suitable for:  High level undergraduate students with physics experience and ability to code in Python (or desire to learn).

Project:  This project will perform cosmological measurements for the Dark Energy Survey (DES).  DES is an...

Summer Project Professor Tamara Davis
SRS-22/17 Black holes in star clusters

Suitable for:  Students with basic programming skills, ideally with a scripting language like Python, Matlab, or IDL.  Placements available for 1-2 students.

Project:  Some star clusters seem to be too massive for the number of stars they...

Summer Project Professor Michael Drinkwater
SRS-21/17 Quantum card games

Suitable for:  Students with an interest in quantum physics.

Project:  Classical information is represented as bits in a string of 0s and 1s.  In quantum mechanics, anything in between is possible - you can have superpositions of 0s and 1s...

Summer Project Professor Matthew Davis
SRS-20/17 Design of organic solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)

Suitable for:  Advanced undergraduates, with strong physics or chemistry background.

Project:  To head off the threat to the planet posed by climate change we need to develop radical new technologies that change the way we generate and use...

Summer Project Professor Ben Powell
SRS-19/17 Quantum many-body theory of organic superconductors

Suitable for:  Advanced undergraduates, with strong physics background.

Project:  High temperature superconductivity is one of the great unsolved problems in physics.  In order to understand it we must solve the Schrodinger equation for ~...

Summer Project Professor Ben Powell
SRS-18/17 Splitting the electron in a spin liquid

Suitable for:  Advanced undegraduates, with strong physics background.

Project:  Spin liquids are exotic phases of matter where quantum fluctuations suppress classical long-range order.  They are of particular interest because they may...

Summer Project Professor Ben Powell
SRS-17/17 Demonstrating the Jarzynski equality in a superfluid

Suitable for:  Students with an interest in computational science and theoretical quantum physics.  Students should have completed at least two years of physics study, and be familiar with quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and preferably statistical mechanics.

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Summer Project Professor Matthew Davis
SRS-16/17 Real time measurement of Bose-Einstein condensate position and moments

Project:  Existing at temperatures near absolute zero, BECs are fragile creatures.  However, one can utilise minimally-destructive imaging techniques that tune off-resonance and measure the phase shift imparted on the light by the BEC.  This technique can enable...

Summer Project Dr Tyler Neely
SRS-15/17 Patterns of EEG in network models of human brains

Note:  While this project is hosted by another UQ unit at Herston (not SMP), students studying Maths/Physics are encouraged to apply.

Suitable for:  Students with a background in mathematics, physics, electrical engineering and...

Summer Project Dr Steve Mehrkanoon
SRS-14/17 Simulation of brain network

Note:  While this project is hosted by another UQ unit at Herston (not SMP), students studying Maths/Physics are encouraged to apply.

Suitable for:  Students with a background in Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Electrical...

Summer Project Dr Steve Mehrkanoon
SRS-13/17 Quantum properties of molecular crystals

Suitable for:  Second or third year students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics; some experience with Linux helpful but not essential.

Project:  Molecular crystals often have strange electronic and magnetic properties;...

Summer Project Dr Anthony Jacko
SRS-12/17 Physics models of higher-order interactions in plant communities

Suitable for:  Students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics.

Project:  This project aims to use the methods of statistical physics to help understand the equilibrium and dynamics and of interacting plant communities (with...

Summer Project Professor Matthew Davis
SRS-11/17 Pairing phase of the attractive Bose gas

Suitable for:  Students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics.

Project:  In the 1970s there was speculation that the cause of superfluidity in helium-4 was not due to Bose-Einstein condensation, but a form of Cooper pairing...

Summer Project Professor Matthew Davis
SRS-10/17 Superfluidity under a quench of interaction strength in a persistent current

Suitable for:  Students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics.

Project:  One of the key insights of Landau was to derive a phenomenological formula for the critical velocity in a superfluid.  In a Bose gas this is...

Summer Project Professor Matthew Davis
SRS-09/17 Nonequilibrium superfluid flows

Suitable for:  Students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics. 

Project:  The aim of this project is to make a connection between classical mechanics and quantum mechanics - looking for the signatures of classical...

Summer Project Professor Matthew Davis
SRS-08/17 Fracture in two dimensional porous materials

Suitable for:  Third year students with good programming background and knowledge of partial differential equations.

Project:  There remain questions about how failure initiates in complex geometrical situations.  We will model the stress...

Summer Project Associate Professor Tony Roberts & Dr Vivien Challis
SRS-07/17 An undergraduate applications simulation tool

Suitable for:  Second or third year students with knowledge of mechanics, differential equations, and good programming skills.

Project:  Understanding the differential equations in many applied mathematics problems involves having a good...

Summer Project Associate Professor Tony Roberts
SRS-06/17 Network models of the human brain

Suitable for:  Second or third year students, who must have programming skills and knowledge of systems of differential equations.

Project:  We will investigate how different types of node interconnectivity patterns affect simulated EEG patterns...

Summer Project Associate Professor Tony Roberts & Dr Steve Mehrkanoon
SRS-05/17 Hybrid Monte Carlo and Partial Differential Equation computational methods for exotic options

Suitable for:  Master/Honours students with a good background in computational mathematics and/or scientific computing.  Proficiency in C++ is a must.

Project:  The project will focus on the development of hybrid Monte...

Summer Project Dr Duy-Minh Dang
SRS-04/17 Hybrid Monte Carlo and PDE methods for valuation adjustments in finance

Suitable for:  Master/Honours students with an excellent background in computational mathematics and a strong interest/background in finance (eg Master of Financial Mathematics).

Project:...

Summer Project Dr Duy-Minh Dang
SRS-03/17 Computational analysis of single-molecule movements

Suitable for:  A strong mathematical background and good programming skills are essential.  Prior knowledge of neuroscience is not required.

Project:  With developments in super-resolution microscope technology, it is now possible to image...

Summer Project Professor Geoffrey Goodhill
SRS-02/17 The mathematics of neural coding

Suitable for:  A strong mathematical background and good programming skills are essential.  Prior knowledge of neuroscience is not required.

Project:  In the lab we are imaging the activity of many neurons in the zebrafish brain...

Summer Project Professor Geoffrey Goodhill
SRS-01/17 Power rankings and predictions in sports using extedned Bradley-Terry models

Suitable for:  Third year and honours-level students in statistics, mathematics and/or computer science.  Familiarity with R or Matlab is highly desirable.

Project:  A novel application of generalised linear models is in the power rankings...

Summer Project Dr Alan Huang
Player Valuation in Rugby League

Traditional models of player valuation in Rugby League use summary statistics to estimate the value of a player.  Some examples include: minutes played, tackles made, tackles missed, hit ups made, metres gained, tries scored, try assists, errors, penalties conceded and kick effectiveness....

Honours Project
Summer Project
Winter Project
Dr Michael Forbes, Dr Alan Huang
High-Tech Sundials

A “digital sundial” has recently been created using 3-D printing and open-source code [Ref: http://www.mojoptix.com/2015/10/25/mojoptix-001-digital-sundial/]. This high-tech product uses the classic...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Margaret Wegener
Developing an Undergraduate Holography Lab

A method for recording holograms that requires no chemical processing offers greater feasibility to include holography in practical physics classes [Ref: Chiaverina, C.“The Physics Teacher” vol. 48, November 2010, P 551-552]. This project will investigate the possibilities of “...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Margaret Wegener
Developing Online Interactive Resources for Physics Learning

These projects, on developing and evaluating innovative teaching material, will focus on particular aspects of a larger, team-based Physics education researchproject, eg: further development of “5-Minute Physics” dynamic, interactive e-learning resources [Ref: https://teaching.smp.uq...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Margaret Wegener, Assoc. Prof. Tim McIntyre
Directional switching due to tug-of-war in intra-cellular cargo transport

Suitable forStudents with interests in mathematical biology, modelling and numerical simulation.  Students with a variety of backgrounds are welcome.

Project description:  In biological cells cargo is transported by molecular motor...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Winter Project
Dr Dietmar Oelz
Superfluidity in a trapped Bose-Einstein condensate with an oscillating barrier

Floquet theory finds solutions to Hamiltonian systems that are periodic in time.  They are easy to find via ...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Mass flows between close binary stars

The mass of a star is a fundamental property governing its evolution. The evolution of single stars is well understood but some very close binary stars can transfer mass from one star to the other, resulting in strange evolutionary paths. We will ...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Prof David Moriarty (principal), Prof Michael Drinkwater (associate)
Finite temperature Josephson junctions

When two superfluids are connected by a weak link, they exhibit the Josephson effect – oscillations in the current between the two fluids.  This project would...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Nonequilibrium superfluid flows

See Mason, D. J., Borunda, M. F., & Heller, E. J. (2015). Revealing the flux: Using processed Husimi maps to visualize dynamics of bound systems and...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Tensor Network / Matrix Product State methods for computational quantum many-body problems

Tensor Networks provide a representation of a quantum many-body wave-function (or a classical partition function) that is suitable for computational methods, mainly for low-dimensional problems (1D and 2D). The most mature branch of tensor networks is known as Matrix Product States (MPS), also...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
DR Ian McCulloch
Modern Statistical Inference
As our world is becoming more and more complex, Statistics remains the most principled way to make some sense of all this randomness. A quote by Hal Varian, Chief economist at Google, conveys a lot about the current relevance of statistics:
 
“I keep saying...
PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Dirk Kroese
Advanced Monte Carlo Methods
Many real-world quantitative problems are solved nowadays through Monte Carlo methods: that is, through random experiments on a computer....
PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Dirk Kroese
Honours/Master project: Real time measurement of BEC position and moments

Exisiting at temperatures near absolute zero,...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Tyler Neely, Dr Mark Baker
Active magnetic field cancelling

Our planned production of spinor condensates will require careful control of external magnetic fields. In an effort to do this, we will be...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Tyler Neely
Destructive/non-destructive darkground imaging of BECs and lattice physics

This project will centre on implementing and characterising the darkground imaging...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Tyler Neely
Scheduling Arrivals to a Processor Sharing Congestion System with Linear Slowdown: Integer Programming Techniques

Develop Integer Programming models and solution techniques for exact or heuristic solutions to the problems described in this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1508.03136

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Forbes, Dr Yoni Nazarathy
Flinders Hamiltonian Cycle Project

Statistical analysis of and development of solution techniques for the problems in the FHCP Challenge Set

...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Forbes, Dr Yoni Nazarathy
High–velocity outflows from the centres of active galaxies

 

It is well known that many quasars (active galaxies powered by gas falling onto a central black hole) are actually expelling gas at high velocity, up to 500 km/s. We don’t know if these fast gas flows...
Summer Project Michael Drinkwater
Modelling the growth and treatment of brain tumours

The research project will develop a biologically realistic mathematical model and computer simulations of the growth of glioblastoma brain...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Zoltan Neufeld
Macroscopic entanglement and Bell inequality tests with ultra-cold atoms

PhD, Masters, Honours, and Summer projects are available in the area of fundamental tests of quantum mechanics in macroscopic regimes. The project addresses an open fundamental question in physics of how quantum mechanics applies to systems...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan
Stochastic quantum hydrodynamics: a new theoretical approach to nonequilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems

The project aims to develop a new theoretical approach - stochastic quantum hydrodynamics - to understand one of the grand challenges of physics: how do complex, many-particle systems evolve in the quantum realm when driven far from equilibrium? Understanding the out-of-equilibrium of such...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan
Gauss-Bonnet Formula for Singular Surfaces

The Gauss-Bonnet formula is one of the most important results in differential geometry, relating the geometric curvature of a closed surface with the topological Euler characteristic. In this project, you will conduct research on a...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Huy The Nguyen
Eigenvalues of the Laplacian on a Riemannian Manifold

For Riemannian manifolds, there is a natural differential geometric...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Huy The Nguyen
Curve Shortening Flow

The curve shortening flow is a parabolic geometric flow, which belongs to the family of equations which includes the Ricci...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Huy The Nguyen
Exploring the Phase Transition in Inhomogeneous Random Graphs

In 2007, B. Bollobas, S. Janson, and O. Riordan published an important paper titled ``The Phase Transition in Inhomogeneous Random Graphs,'' which gives properties of a very...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Thomas Taimre
Creating a Peculiar Velocity Module for CosmoMC

Although there are many surprising aspects of our current model of the Universe, much of the confidence in the model comes from many independent observational methods which all point to the same picture.  As such, one of the essential tools in cosmology is the ability to easily combine...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr. Ed Macaulay
Simultaneous Fits for Cosmology and Peculiar Velocities

Studying the velocities of galaxies is one of the most direct methods we can use to map out the invisible ‘Dark Matter’, which appears to comprise much of the Universe.  Conventionally, this is done in two distinct steps: firstly, observational parameters are fitted to the...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr. Ed Macaulay
Creating a Peculiar Velocity Module for CosmoMC

Although there are many surprising aspects of our current model of the Universe, much of the confidence in the model comes from many independent observational methods which all point to the same picture.  As such, one of the essential tools in cosmology is the ability to easily combine...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr. Ed Macaulay
Efficient Simulation of Random Networks

The properties of complex networks are difficult to study without the aid of simulation, and so efficient and reliable simulation techniques for random networks are of great interest.  Two such methods are degree distributions and graph motifs.

In this project, you will investigate...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Thomas Taimre
Empirical Study of Stochastic Network Games

Stochastic game theory is the study of strategic interactions between actors in an environment where their payoffs are affected by the actions of all players in the past.

In this project, you will investigate in simulation simple models for stochastic network games, where the environment...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Thomas Taimre
Estimation and Inference on Random Networks

Social, economic, and infrastructure networks are crucially important to today's increasingly connected world.  In this project you will investigate how to estimate models of dynamic networks and conduct inference for these...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Thomas Taimre
Photometric analysis of close eclipsing binary stars

The mass of a star is a fundamental property governing its evolution. Binary stars provide a means to obtain stellar masses accurately when the orbital period and velocities of the components can be determined. Eclipsing binaries are particularly important as the inclination of the orbit to our...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Prof David Moriarty (adjunct), Prof Michael Drinkwater
Combinatorial Benders' Cuts for the Strip Packing Problem

In this project students will implement the algorithms in the attached paper, possibly improving them by making more general use of lazy constraints.

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Forbes
Exact solutions of the strongly coupling Hubbard model and the proof of Hund’s rules

The Hubbard model is the simplest possible model of systems of interacting electrons and is believed to describe the basic physics of many materials from high-temperature superconductors, to organic spin-liquids, to cold atoms in optical traps. Yet it has only been solved exactly in three...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
A/Prof Ben Powell
World Championship Scrabble

The aim of this project is to implement and improve upon the algorithms in the attached paper.  This will likely be done using Stochastic Dynamic Programming for the end game and Approximate Dynamic Programming, or similar, for the early and middle game.

Would suit someone with very...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Forbes
BYOP - Bring Your Own Problem

Due to the rapid advances in solution techniques in many areas of Operations Research, interesting projects can arise from applying up to date solution techniques to past papers, even very recent papers.

At an Honours level this may...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Forbes
Algorithms for the Minimum Connected Dominating Set Problem

This project considers the attached paper: Benders Decomposition, Branch-and-Cut, and Hybrid Algorithms for the Minimum Connected Dominating Set Problem.

The paper applies Benders Decomposition by repeatedly solving the master problem and adding Benders cuts.  This...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Forbes
Mathematical models for real time or turn based strategy games

Many real time and turn based strategy games have an initial phase of game play, before interaction with any opponents, that is almost completely focused on economic and/or military development.  This project would look to build stochastic dynamic programming models of this stage of one or...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Forbes
Efficient Simulation for the Poisson Lily-Pond Model

The Poisson lily-pond model is a spatial germ--grain process, whose ``germs'' are points of a Poisson process with ``grains'' growing at uniform rate from these germs, stopping when their boundaries touch.  While some results regarding the size of the largest connected...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Thomas Taimre
Efficient Parameter Estimation for Signals from Laser Interferometers

The excess-phase model for interferometric signals is a simple model which well captures much of the complex behaviour observed in laser interferometers. ...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Thomas Taimre
Sequential Importance Sampling with Mixture Models

Mixture models are a powerful tool for many statistical applications, including density estimation from data.  
This project focuses on using mixture models in sequential or on-line importance sampling.  A specific application of interest is to the estimation of rare events,...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Thomas Taimre
SEMANT - automated semantic analysis of student quiz responses

In our recent publication "Managing Active Learning Processes in Large First Year Physics Classes: The Advantages of an Integrated Approach" we indicated we would make the source code for the "...

Summer Project Professor Michael Drinkwater
Design of organic solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)

To head of the threat to the planet posed by climate change we need to develop radical new technologies that change the way we generate and use electricity. Solar cells and OLEDs represent two sides of this coin (light...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
A/Prof Ben Powell
Quantum many-body theory of organic superconductors

High temperature superconductivity is one of the great unsolved problems in physics. In order to understand it we must solve the Schrodinger equation for ~1023 electrons that are interacting strongly with one...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
A/Prof Ben Powell
Universal ratios in condensed matter
Ratios have provided fundamental new insights many phenomena. Ratios that take the same value in almost all situations are particularly useful as when they deviate from their usual value it is a clear signature that something interesting is happening. The...
PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
A/Prof Ben Powell
Splitting the electron in a spin liquid

Spin liquids are exotic phases of mater where quantum fluctuations suppress classical long-range order. They are of particular interest because they may support deconfined ...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
A/Prof Ben Powell
Star formation in galaxies falling into clusters

In the hierarchical Universe galaxies come together to form large galaxy clusters, which attract more galaxies to the present day. As a galaxy is being assembled into such a cluster, its properties such as the rate at which it is forming stars change rapidly. Several magnificent examples of such...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr. Smriti Mahajan
5-Minute Physics

Development and evaluation of dynamic, interactive e-learning modules for pre-class preparation.

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Tim McIntyre, Dr Margaret Wegener
Surfaces with Critical Curvature Bounds

Surfaces are 2-dimensional objects that play a fundamental role in differential geometry and its applications. When surfaces are immersed in an ambient space they have a natural associated energy called the Willmore energy (or the elastic...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Huy The Nguyen
Geometric Flows

The field of geometric flows has seen significant recent activity with notable achievements such as the resolution of the geometrization conjecture, Poincaré's ...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Huy Nguyen
Mathematical and computational modelling of biological tissues: mechanical properties and morphogenesis

This project will investigate the role of mechanical interactions between cells in determining the structure,  morphology of different types of biological tissues. The project will use mathematical models, based on partial differential equations and/or stochastic models of interacting...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Zoltan Neufeld
Mathematical modelling of epidermal self-renewal and radiation induced cancer progression

The aim of this project is to understand the hierarchy and relative contributions of different stem cell populations to epidermal homeostasis and develop a comprehensive computational model that accurately describes the hierarchy and spatial/temporal organization of tissue self-renewal. This...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Zoltan Neufeld
Quantum control and measurement of superconducting quantum circuits

A number of Honors and Summer projects are available in the Quantum Device Laboratory, The University of Queensland. The student will have unique...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Arkady Fedorov
Geometric PDE: Prescribed Curvature Problems, the Ricci Flow, and Yang-Mills Theory

There are multiple projects available in the field of geometric partial differential equations. Most of these projects focus on prescribed curvature problems, the Ricci flow, and Yang-Mills theory. The questions they address are related to general relativity, quantum field theory, and other...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Artem Pulemotov
Thermodynamics in the microcanonical ensemble

Some recent developments in statistical mechanics have come up with new geometric interpretations of thermodynamic quantities.  This project would look at applying these ideas to the Bose gas.  In particular, it would be to analytically incorporate additional conserved quantities into...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Matthew Davis
Nonequilibrium superfluidity in polariton condensates

Polariton condensates occur in two-dimensional semiconductor microcavities pumped by a laser.  The light excites electrons from the valence band to the conduction band,...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Matthew Davis
Pairing phase of the degenerate Bose gas

In the 1970s there was speculation that the cause of superfluidity in helium-4 was not due to Bose-Einstein condensation, but a form of Cooper pairing between attractive bosons,...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Matthew Davis
Thermalisation of a spin-1 Bose gas in a double well

This project simulates the quantum dynamics of a “spin-1” Bose gas in a double well potential.  A spin-1 gas has three spin components, which can interconvert due to spin-collisions (...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Associat Professor Matthew Davis
EQuS - Quantum Emulation with Neutral Atoms - Experiment

 

"And therefore, the problem is, how can we simulate the quantum mechanics?...We can give up on our rule about what the computer was, we can say: Let the computer itself be built of quantum mechanical elements which obey quantum mechanical laws. ...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Tyler Neely, Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop
Are post-starburst galaxies really dead?

Lack of emission from young stars in spectroscopic data of some nearby galaxies suggest that their star formation has recently been quenched. However, this can also happen if the young stars in these galaxies are hidden behind clouds of dust which emit at infra-red wavelengths only. In this...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Smriti Mahajan
Fermionic matterwaves for precision interferometry

This theoretical project uses fermionic matterwaves to increase the sensitivity of atom interferometers for precision measurement. The focus on...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Joel Corney
Organic-inorganic hybrid opto-electronic devices

This research project will create the next generation of advanced materials, and novel...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Ebinazar Namdas
High-precision fundamental atomic, molecular and optical physics

This project is aimed at a theoretical and computational exploration of atoms and how they tick.  With recent atomic physics experiments being able to measure towards accuracies of 1 part in 1018, they require high-...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Bromley
Design of quantum measurement devices using cold atoms in exotic geometries

This project is aimed at a theoretical and computational exploration of the quantum-atom optics of ultracold matter.  The goal is to design and characterise novel high-...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Michael Bromley
Emergent physics in quantum transport in ultracold atomic gases

The project seeks to understand an open fundamental problem in physics: How do complex microscopic interactions in many-particle systems lead to the emergence of a qualitatively new behavior and to the formation of new states of quantum matter. We will investigate this problem in the context of...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan
Probing star formation in nearby young OB associations

Star formation is the process by which stars form out of interstellar gas clouds. Although important for astronomy, we still have only an incomplete understanding of star formation because it happens at the centers of heavily obscured dust clouds. One can however look at the results of star...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Holger Baumgardt
Probing the carrier traps in organic solar cells

Organic solar cells have attracted significant commercial interest because of their desirable properties. These solar cells can be made easily, possibly cheaply, are light weight and can be made onto flexible substrates. Already, organic solar cells have been appearing in ‘niche’...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Kwan H. Lee
Mathematical / Computational Neuroscience

Projects are available in the mathematical/computational modelling of brain development and function. Areas of particular interest are the development of connections between neurons by ...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Prof Geoff Goodhill
Monte-Carlo algorithm for sampling the thermodynamic properties of the 1D Bose gas at finite temperature

The stochastic Gross-Pitaevskii formalism can sample the grand-canonical ensemble for the interacting Bose gas by assuming the ergodic hypothesis that time evolution fairly...

Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Research projects in Engineered Quantum Systems

Taking advantage of the subtleties of quantum mechanics to do useful tasks is one of the keys to future technological advances.  In the Centre for Engineered Quantum systems, we are developing theory and experiment to identify promising systems to that end.  For instance, recent...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Tom Stace
Modeling the dynamics of the faintest dwarf galaxies

In recent years, a large number of faint dwarf galaxies have been discovered in the halo of the Milky Way. The newly discovered galaxies are considerably fainter and more compact than known dwarf galaxies, blurring the line between galaxies and star clusters. In this project you will perform...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Holger Baumgardt
Quantum thermalisation

How do isolated quantum systems thermalise?  Isolated quantum systems undergo unitary evolution which preserves the entropy.  However, at the level of statistical mechanics, any disturbance will lead to an increase in entropy...

PhD Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Matthew Davis
Projects in computational topology

There are several research projects available in computational geometry and topology, ranging from summer research projects through to large-scale PhD projects.  Please visit the websites of Benjamin Burton and...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
A/Prof. Benjamin Burton, Dr Jonathan Spreer, Dr Clément Maria, Dr William Pettersson
Precision Measurement with ultracold atoms in a double-well potential

Bose-Einstein condensates in a double-well potentials have been used as a relatively simple system in which to study the quantum many-body physics of ultracold atoms, in particular the interplay of quantum...

Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Joel Corney
Quantum Squeezing in Photonic Crystal Fibres

The propagation of ultrashort pulses of light in optical fibre has proved to be a very efficient method of 'squeezing' the quantum properties of light. Squeezing means the...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Joel Corney
Light Emitting Field Effect transistors

Plastic or “organic” electronics are widely viewed as being the key to next generation, low cost,...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Ebinazar Namdas
Organic Semiconducting Lasers

Lasers have many applications in all of the branches of science and technology -- they can weld...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Dr Ebinazar Namdas
Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations and Geometric Evolution Equations

A number of projects are offered in the areas of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations and Geometric Evolution Equations. These include topics in partial regularity theory for elliptic and parabolic systems, the evolution equations associated with liquid crystals, Yang-Mills flow and work on...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Professor Joseph Grotowski