Congratulations to EQUS Chief Investigator Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop who has been made an Officer in the General Division (AO) of the Order of Australia.
Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop was recognised for distinguished service to: laser physics and nano-optics as a researcher, mentor and academic, the promotion of educational programs, and women in science.
Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop is recognised internationally for her achievements over the past four decades in physics, specifically in laser micro manipulation and atom optics.
At the University of Queensland, her team produced one of the first Bose-Einstein condensates, coldest states of matter in the known universe, in the Southern Hemisphere.
Her research team has also designed and built “atomic circuits” using cold atoms. These are the atomic analog of modern electronic devices and will be important in future quantum machines.
In 2002, Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop became the first female Professor of Physics in Australia.
She is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
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