Meeting magnet for top physicists
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.