IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer 2021–2023: Mike Tobar

EQUS Chief Investigator Professor Michael Tobar has concluded his term as the IEEE UFFC Distinguished Lecturer in December 2023, with a final lecture at ETH Zürich.  Originally supposed to run from July 2021 to December 2022, Mike’s term was extended as a result of the pandemic, with the first lecture delivered at the University of Tasmania in December 2021.

In total, Mike delivered 30 lectures around the world, across Australia, Asia, Europe, the UK and the US, under the title ‘Precision Metrology with Photons, Phonons and Spins: Answering Major Unsolved Problems in Physics and Advancing Translational Science’.

His lectures promoted international collaboration and cooperation in the discipline of precision frequency metrology, quantum measurement and its relation to detecting fundamental physics.  While pursuing some of the best tests of fundamental physics to search for dark matter and gravitational waves, and to investigate quantum gravity and the mystery of time, he also showed how such quests leads to major advances in technology, such as precision oscillators and clocks for radar and telecommunications, gravitational gradient detection and a new range of quantum sensors for a broad range of disruptive technologies.

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Major funding support

Australian Research Council

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