Dirac Lecture & Medal Presentation

Sir Michael Pepper


Thursday, 21 November, 2013 - 17:45


Law Theatre


Faculty of Science

Type of event: 

Special Event

Audience / Guests: 

Public / All

Professor Sir Michael Pepper FRS, Pender Chair in Nanoelectronics, University College London will be awarded the Dirac Medal and give the 2013 Dirac Public Lecture.



Semiconductor Nanostructures and Quantum Phenomena



Industry innovation has developed a combination of electron beam lithography and advanced semiconductor growth. This has stimulated interest in discovering more about the basic properties of semiconductor nanostructures.

Professor Pepper will give the Dirac Lecture on advanced semiconductor growth technology. The Lecture will show how this technology, which was developed for the information technology industry, has allowed the creation of new types of structures for investigating the quantum aspects of electron transport. It will also show how the dimensionality which is experienced by the electrons can be reduced from 3 to 2 to 1 and then to 0.


History of the Dirac Lecture:

The Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics is awarded by the UNSW and the Australian Institute of Physics. The Lecture and the Medal commemorate the visit to the university in 1975 of Professor Dirac, who gave five lectures. The lectures were subsequently published as a book Directions of Physics. Professor Dirac donated the royalties from this book to the University for the establishment of the Dirac Lecture and Prize. The prize includes a silver medal and honorarium. It was first awarded in 1979.


Professor Pepper will also be awarded an Honorary Degree on the evening. Please join us in congratulating Professor Pepper.


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