Shining light on dark matter

The universe. It’s big, it’s baffling, and there’s still so much we don’t know about it. Evidence suggests the majority of it is made up of dark matter, but what exactly is it? Join us as we venture to infinity and beyond.


Professor Michael Tobar is currently a Professor of Physics with the Department of Physics at the University of Western Australia and leads the Frequency and Quantum Metrology research group at UWA. His research group is part of two nation-wide Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence; the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics. His research interests encompass the broad discipline of frequency metrology, precision and quantum measurements and low temperature, condensed matter and quantum physics. In particular he is interested in undertaking precision tests of fundamental physics, including low energy precision searches for dark matter, Lorentz invariance violations and searches for high frequency gravitational waves. He also leads the ORGAN axion Dark Matter detector collaboration co-funded by both Centres as well as an ARC Infrastructure grant. He has won many international and national awards, notably between 2009 and 2014 He was awarded a Laureate Fellowship by the ARC, the top nation-wide research fellowship.

5:30pm @The Shoe Bar, Yagan Square, Perth

Also speaking at this location at 7:00pm is Dr Brendan Kennedy