Lecture: Physics of advanced semiconductor structures

Professor Sir Michael Pepper
Monday, 18 November, 2013

Eminent British physicist, Professor Sir Michael Pepper FRS, will be awarded the Dirac Medal at UNSW this week and will deliver the 2013 Dirac Public Lecture.

Professor Pepper, who holds the Pender Chair of Nanoelectronics at University College London, is a pioneer in the basic and applied physics of advanced semiconductor structures.

His lecture, to be hosted by the UNSW Faculty of Science and given on Thursday evening, 21 November, is titled: Semiconductor Nanostructures and the Observation of Quantum Phenomena.

Professor Pepper will also be awarded an Honorary Degree from UNSW at the event.

The Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics is awarded by UNSW and the Australian Institute of Physics. The Lecture and Medal commemorate the visit to the university in 1975 of the British Nobel Laureate, Professor Paul Dirac, who was one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the 20th Century.

Professor Dirac gave five lectures which were published as a book: Directions of Physics. He donated the royalties to UNSW for the establishment of the lecture and prize, which includes a silver medal and honorarium. It was first awarded in 1979.

Professor Pepper carried out much of his research in the Cavendish Laboratory of the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge, where he worked between 1973 and2008.

He was also founding managing director in 1991 of Toshiba Research Europe, Cambridge, and co-founder in 2001 of TeraView, a company which uses semi-conductor devices to generate terahertz radiation, which has applications in medicine, security and industrial process control.

His research on semiconductor nanostructures has led to techniques now used worldwide in proposed quantum information systems. He has won many awards including the 2005 Royal Medal and the 2013 Faraday Medal.

One of his notable former students is UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

What: 2013 Dirac Public Lecture by Professor Sir Michael Pepper FRS.

When: Thursday 21 November, 2013 – 17.45

Where:  Law Theatre, UNSW Map F8

Host: UNSW Faculty of Science

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