Meet­ing mag­net for top physi­cists

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ONE hun­dred of the world’s top quan­tum physi­cists were in Townsville over the week­end to dis­cuss uni­verse- sized is­sues at a three- day con­fer­ence held in Aus­tralia for the first time.

The an­ti­mat­ter con­fer­ence known as POSMOL be­gan on Mag­netic Is­land on Satur­day and fin­ishes to­day.

Pro­fes­sor Ron White, Head of Phys­i­cal Sci­ences at James Cook Univer­sity, co- chaired the con­fer­ence and said it had been a coup for Townsville and Aus­tralia to host the event.

The con­fer­ence has been run since 2005 and it was Prof White, Asst Prof James Sul­li­van from ANU and Dr Michael Brom­ley from UQ who bid­ded to hold the con­fer­ence at the last POSMOL in Lis­bon.

“Aims of the dis­cus­sions were to un­der­stand how elec­trons/ positrons/ an­ti­mat­ter in­ter­act with nor­mal mat­ter,” Prof White said. “In ad­di­tion there was a fo­cus on the ap­pli­ca­tion of this fun­da­men­tal un­der­stand­ing to de­vel­op­ing new tech­nolo­gies and op­ti­mis­ing ex­ist­ing tech­nolo­gies.”

The con­fer­ence saw some lead­ing physi­cists from all over the world at­tend­ing to par­tic­i­pate in dis­cus­sions.

“Physi­cists ben­e­fited through the ex­change of un­der­stand­ing and ideas with the best physi­cists in the world,” Prof White said.

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