Media alert: Nobel lasers, music by quantum computer, before the big bang – Congress preview

Australian Institute of Physics Congress 2022
  • Nobel lasers
  • Before the Big Bang, beyond black holes: questions for Christmas lunch
  • Alice’s caffeine rush’: music composed by quantum computer
  • Are we winning the quantum race?
  • Submarines – how many nuclear physicists will we need?

Launching our future:

1,000 physicists to meet in Adelaide from Sunday 11 to Friday 16 December 2022. Stories on their agenda:

Nobel lasers

Nobel Prize winner on high intensity lasers that cut transparent things – from your cornea to glass components in your phone; invented by Donna Strickland during her PhD. Awarded the Nobel Prize 33 years later. Presenting to scientists and schoolgirls.

Before the Big Bang, beyond black holes: questions for Christmas lunch

What came before the big bang? Is there an edge to space? What’s beyond the horizon of a black hole? What can the amazing images from the James Webb Space Telescope tell us?

“When I’m having a chat with family and friends, these are the questions I’m asked” says astrophysicist Tamara Davis. Tamara is giving a free public talk on Monday 12 December. And she’s available for interview.

Listen toAlice’s caffeine rush’: music composed by quantum computer

Listen to ‘Alice’s caffeine rush’ composed by Quanthoven. Find out what it means for quantum AI and understanding consciousness with, Bob Coecke, Chief Scientist at Quantinuum, making quantum software and hardware, and Emeritus Professor at Wolfson College, Oxford.

Are we winning the quantum race?

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Cathy Foley, on Australia’s quantum opportunities. She’s just back with insights from the Quantum World Congress in Washington DC.


  • Submarines, medicine, space industry and mining. We’re going to need thousands of people with nuclear science training.
  • An unlucky star wanders too close to a supermassive black hole
  • The quantum biology in our bodies
  • Will a lab in a gold mine find dark matter?
  • The mysteries of high temperature superconductors

Hear these and many more stories from the 24th Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics, at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 11 to 16 December 2022, supported by the South Australian Government.