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Wits’ optics research among best in 2017

Research into optics and photonics by Wits physicists has been highlighted as some of the most influential in 2017.

Wits team involved in international breakthrough in astronomical observation

October 2017. For the first time in history, Wits researchers have witnessed electromagnetic signals that are associated with the gravitational wave emission from the coalescence of two massive neutron stars. Working with data from the High Energy Spectroscopic System (H.E.S.S) telescope in Namibia, as well as with data from the AGILE Italian satellite, Professor Sergio Colafrancesco and his Team from the School of Physics complemented a large variety of electromagnetic (e.m.) observations that were able to record signals from the same neutron star merger event.

Light to break bandwidth ceiling

The rise of big data and advances in information technology has serious implications for our ability to deliver sufficient bandwidth to meet the growing demand. Andrew Forbes, Distinguished Professor in the School and Head of the Structured Light Laboratory, and collaborators, are looking at alternative sources that will be able to take over where traditional optical communications systems are likely to fail in future.

Taking Physics to the heart of Venda

August 2017. A team from the School set out on a five-day trip to Limpopo to celebrate the National Science week with the future leaders of South Africa.

High Energy Physics workshop inspires young talent

Workshop included an overview of the exciting results coming from astrophysics and how future experiments can shed more light on these results.

Real-time quantum error correction is possible

January 2017. Wits physicists show that real-time error correction in quantum communications is possible. The research has exciting implications for fast and secure data transfer in the future and will aid technological advances that seek to establish more secure quantum communication links over long distances.

A great year ahead for Physics

The world of Physics may be one of the most complex and abstract sciences to understand. Yet, it is the field of Physics that helps us to understand the world – in all its dimensions – in which we live.

Wits researchers find techniques to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic devices

In a paradigm shift from conventional electronic devices, exploiting the quantum properties of superlattices holds the promise of developing new technologies. The research group, headed by Professor Somnath Bhattacharyya, has been working for the past 10 years on developing carbon-based nano-electronic devices.

Wits scientists predict the existence of a new boson

September 2016. Scientists at the High Energy Physics Group (HEP) predict the existence of a new boson that might aid in the understanding of Dark Matter in the Universe.

Most powerful source of cosmic radiation

March 2016. Super-massive black hole at center of Galaxy is likely to accelerate cosmic ray particles to energies 100 times larger than the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Wits physicists involved in search for new bosons at CERN

February 2016. Southern Africa’s talent in high energy particle physics displayed at annual workshop. Where does Dark Matter in the Universe come from? Is the Large Hadron Collider seeing new bosons and can these bosons give mass to particles in the Universe?

Did you know?

Yale Road derives its name from an astronomical association between Wits and Yale University? Frank S. Schlesinger, director of Yale University Observatory from 1920 to 1941, established an observatory on the fledgling Wits campus due to the “unusually promising astronomical conditions” of the Highveld.