December 2, 2008

Physics congress – free public lecture

Posted in Adelaide, science, social at 12:49 am by mseyfang

A free public lecture to be presented by Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell.
Pulsars and Extreme Physics
5:30-6:30pm 3 December 2008
Elder Hall of the University of Adelaide.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE, FRS, FRAS is an astrophysicist who, as a postgraduate student, discovered the first radio pulsars with her doctoral supervisor Antony Hewish, for which he won a Nobel Prize. Named PSR B1919+21, this first radio pulsar ever discovered (in July 1967) is located in the constellation of Vulpecula.

pulsar_schematic

Schematic view of a pulsar. The sphere in the middle represents the neutron star, the curves indicate the magnetic field lines and the protruding cones represent the emission beams. From Wikimedia Commons.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is currently Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Mansfield College. She is the current President of the Institute of Physics.

For further information about this free public event, please visit the Australian Institute of Physics 2008 conference page.

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