Electronic Newsletter -- #5 Autumn 2000

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FROM THE EDITOR: We are now aiming to send out smaller newsletters more frequently, so here is the latest installment. A lot has been happening lately, with the AIGO opening, as is reported below. A contingent of about a dozen Australians and New Zealanders will be attending Marcel Grossmann in Rome in July: I hope to see many of you there. In view of the July conference season, the deadline for the next newsletter will be the end of July. I have not attempted to compile a list of members' gr-qc abstracts this time, owing to imminent departure for 5 month's study leave in Europe this week. A list will be included with the next newsletter. - DLW


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The first stage of AIGO (the corner-station, end-stations and facilities housing an 80m interferometer) was opened by the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. R. Court, on 10 March 2000. The opening was held in conjunction with lectures by visiting distinguished physicists, Professor B. Barish (Director of LIGO, USA), Professor A. Giazotto (Director, VIRGO, Italian/French collaboration) and Professor R. Ruffini (President, International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics - part of UNESCO, University of Rome) under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Studies of The University of Western Australia.

With Professor.G. Stewart, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, UWA, as Master of Ceremonies, the following speakers were included in the program:

Unfortunately, Dr. M. Washer, MP and Professor J. Munch, University of Adelaide, were unavailable to speak.

At the completion of speeches the plaque commemorating the opening was 'revealed' by the Premier who cut a ribbon to release a pendulum which, on the second swing, knocked over a weight. The falling weight set off an explosion of streamers and, at the same time, a copy of the black hole art work sprung up to reveal the plaque.

The event has also been commemorated by an original piece of art work by Torres Strait Islander artist, Julie Weekes, which has also been used in the production of colourful t-shirts. T-shirts can be ordered from Debbie Greenwood,, at a cost of $25 plus postage.

The speeches and revealing of the plaque was followed by a tour of the laboratory, its equipment, facilities and displays.

Pictures of the Opening can be viewed by clicking on

Information on the first stage of AIGO can be found in the paper The First Stage of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory

Use of the Facility: researchers in other disciplines as well as physics are welcome to use the facility. AIGO has accommodation units, complete kitchen facilities, meeting room and workshop. Of particular interest is the pristine natural bushland surrounding the facility. Please contact Prof. D.G. Blair,, for further information.

For background information a Prospectus has been prepared giving background information on gravity waves, gravitational wave observatories being constructed world wide and on AIGO in particular.

NEWS: - Dates for ACGRG3 In accord with the special motion passed below, the dates for ACGRG3 will be in July. Details are still being finalised, but we expect that the dates will be approximately July 5-10, 2001; to overlap with the Amaldi Metting, July 9-13, 2001.

NEWS: - Votes in the remote ballot were cast by 43% of members resulting in all motions being passed:-

Special Motions to amend the Constitution of the ASGRG (require 2/3 majority of votes cast):


  • Dr Philip Charlton has just completed his ARC funded postdoctoral position with the gravitational wave data analysis group in the Department of Physics at the ANU. He will commence a three-year postdoctoral position at Caltech at the end of April working with the data analysis group of LIGO Laboratory.

  • "RANDOM REALITY" ... For those of you who missed it, New Scientist, did a feature on work of Reg Cahill and Chris Klinger of Flinders University in their 26/2/2000 issue, with a cover to match. Cahill and Klinger are building models for fundamental spacetime structure based on random processes. To see the full article go to:-


    As previously notified the ASGRG will be holding experimental and theoretical workshops in conjunction with the AIP'2000 Congress, Adelaide, 10-15, December, 2000

    CONGRESS PLENARY SPEAKER - We can now confirm that

    Prof. John Barrow (University of Cambridge)

    will be the ASGRG-nominated plenary speaker to the Congress. John is well known for his research in gravitation and cosmology, and his popular books. After many years as Professor of Astronomy at the University of Sussex he has recently moved to DAMTP, University of Cambridge, where he is Director of a new Public Understanding of Science Initiative by the UK - the "Millennium Mathematics Project"




    Driving Technology Through Discovery, Understanding and Innovation

    14th National Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics

    University of Adelaide, 10 - 15 December 2000

    AIP2000 Congress incorporates the following conferences:

    Abstracts - The scientific committee invites persons interested in presenting papers at any of the above conferences, to submit abstracts of their proposed paper. Please note that the lodgement of this application does not provide automatic inclusion in the Conference program.


    Please provide separate applications for each abstract to be submitted.

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    Title ___________	First Name ____________	Surname _______________
    Affiliation/organisation _______________________________________
    Postal Address ___________________________________________
    Suburb ___________________________State ______ Postcode ______
    Telephone _____________________ Fax ______________________
    Email ________________________________________________
    Title of Paper ____________________________________________
    Name of Author/s __________________________________________
    Indicate to which conference you wish to submit your abstract: ASGRG
    (Conference code)
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    The abstract should be submitted by post or email in the following format:

    Sample topic title
    Fred Smith
    Fortunate University, SA


    	AIP2000 Call for Papers
    	c/- Staffords Conference Management
    	128 Fullarton Road
    	NORWOOD  SA  5067
    	Telephone: 08 8364 1005	Fax: 08 8332 8810


    The Congress will commence with a Welcome Reception on Sunday 10 December and the Official Opening of the formal program will be on Monday 11 December in Bonython Hall at the University of Adelaide. The Congress will conclude on Friday 15 December, 2000. Registration fee includes morning and afternoon teas, lunches, book of abstracts and satchel.

    Registration Fees:Early bird on or before 13 OctoberRegular after 14 October
    Delegate Fee$395$495 (applies to all ASGRG members)
    Non Member Fee $425$525(not member of AIP / cognate society)
    Student Fee $225$275
    Teacher (Mon & Tue) $150$150
    Dinner: (This quality event is subsidised by the Congress) $40$40

    Registration fees are inclusive of GST.

    Registration forms will be available in the July/August issue of "The Physicist"

    ACCOMMODATION - ranging between budget college-style for $16-$36 per night to suites for $139 per night to double room hotel rooms for $165 per night, will be available within easy walking distance.

    OFFICIAL AIRLINE - Ansett Australia have been chosen as the official airline for the Congress. Please book by telephoning Ansett direct on 131 300 Australia wide, and quote master file number MC06699. Similarly, if you book via a travel agent, ensure your agent contacts Ansett and quotes the master file number.

    EXHIBITION - An exhibition will be held at the venue and interested exhibitor should direct enquiries to the Secretariat, Staffords Conference Management.

    SECRETARIAT/ENQUIRIES Telephone: 61 8 8364 1005 Staffords Conference Management Fax: 61 8 8332 8810 128 Fullarton Road, NORWOOD SA 5067 Email:

    Logan Fellowships

    >Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 14:11:06 +1100
    >From: Tony Lun (

    Anthony Lun advises that any person who may be interested in joining the relativity group at Monash - and who fits the criteria of having two to six years of postdoctoral research experience as at 1 September 2000 - should apply for a Logan Fellowship. The fellowship pays very well for doing pure research and it can provide funding for up to six years.

    Further details:-

    Monash University has an international focus and global presence with six campuses in the state of Victoria, Australia, and alliances with other leading international institutions. The University is involved in both fundamental and applied research of international quality and relevance across a wide range of disciplines.

    Monash University has established the Logan Research Fellowship scheme to attract internationally competitive researchers to undertake research of national and international significance. Applications are invited from suitably qualified women and men for five research fellowships. Monash University reserves the right to award fewer than five fellowships.

    The terms of the Fellowship compare favourably with similar schemes such as the Australian Research Council's Research Fellowship scheme and the Queen Elizabeth II scheme for outstanding researchers, and the Australian National University's Fellowship scheme.

    The initial salary is in the Research Fellow Level B range, A$53,844 to $57,464* per annum depending on experience, with an opportunity to advance in later years to the level C range from A$59,288* per annum. Research Support Grants for Fellowship holders range from A$5,000 to $20,000 per annum depending on the needs of the research program. Return airfares are provided for successful candidates and their dependants.

    The Fellow's Faculty/Department/School is responsible for providing one-third of the salary and on-costs, as well as providing accommodation and access to facilities and services necessary for the proposed research program.

    Applicants should have two to six years of postdoctoral research experience. The appointment is for three years, renewable to six years upon application.

    Successful applicants are asked to commence their fellowship before 31 December, 2000.

    It is intended that five prestigious Logan Research Fellowships providing first class research opportunities will be offered each year. Monash University reserves the right to offer a lesser number Fellowships.

    There are three documents: guidelines, application form and referees report form (see below). Logan Research Fellowships Conditions is an appendix to the standard Monash University Conditions of Appointment for Research Fellows.

    The closing date for applications is * Friday 28 April 2000. *

    Enquiries: email

    (* subject to the University's current enterprise bargaining round)