Group Meeting

The Quantum Fluids group meets every week, Mondays at 1pm in room G04 of the New Horizons building. This meeting alternates between progress report, where 5 members will discuss the recent progress they have made for ~10 minutes, and journal club, where one member will guide discourse on a relevant paper of their choice. Each week a new chair will host the meeting, providing light refreshments for the members of the group, helping guide discussion and keep the meeting on time.

2017 schedule

Date Chaired by Progress reports Journal club Materials
03 Apr Lincoln Pekko  Experimental realization of a Dirac monopole through the decay of an isolated monopole
10 Apr Seb Tim TomK Tapio Shaun TomM  
17 Apr Easter break
24 Apr Cancelled   
1 May Cancelled 
8 May Meera   Lincoln Simultaneous tracking of spin angle and amplitude beyond classical limits
15 May Zheyu Rahil Seb  TomK Matt Lincoln
22 May Shaun Meera  Observation of an Orbital Interaction-Induced Feshbach Resonance in 173Yb
29 May Shimpei Eike Andrew Russ Pekko  
5 Jun Tapio Kris Tutorial on quantum kicked rotor
12 Jun Emma Shimpei Tapio Shaun TomM Phil  
19 Jun Tim Tapio Wave-Based Turing Machine: Time Reversal and Information Erasing
26 Jun TomM Andrew Seb Rahil Shimpei Zheyu  
3 Jul Cancelled
10 Jul Cancelled
17 Jul Matt Emma Phil Lincoln Kris Eike  
24 Jul  Cancelled
31 Jul Lincoln Matt Shaun Pekko Tim Russ
04 Sep Pekko TomM Kris Andrew Jesper  Shaun
11 Sep Tapio  Tim Vortex knots in tangled quantum eigenfunctions
18 Sep Lincoln Rahil Meera Emma Zheyu
25 Sep Kris  Tapio Quantized superfluid vortex dynamics on cylindrical surfaces and planar annuli
02 Oct Russ Lincoln Shimpei Eike Pekko Tim
09 Oct Cancelled
16 Oct Zheyu Tapio Kris Shaun TomM Russ
23 Oct TomM Kris  Emergence and scaling of spin turbulence in quenched antiferromagnetic spinor Bose-Einstein condensates
30 Oct Shimpei Andrew Jesper Seb Rahil Meera
06 Nov Cancelled
13 Nov Lincoln  TomM  A supersonically expanding Bose-Einstein condensate: an expanding universe in the lab
20 Nov Shaun Matt Lincoln Emma Zheyu Shimpei
27 Nov Cancelled
04 Dec Seminar Stephan Häfner
11 Dec Andrew  Lincoln Submillihertz magnetic spectroscopy performed with a nanoscale quantum sensor
18 Dec Seb Tim Tapio Kris Shaun Edward


I’m chairing group meeting next week, what do I do?

Chairing group meeting isn’t a big deal – but here are some tips:

  • The day before:
    • Send a reminder to the group, listing the journal paper and/or progress reporters.
  • Monday morning:
    • Send a reminder email? We’ll automate this one day, but for now, a reminder doesn’t hurt.
    • Bring some snacks to share
    • Make sure you know who is giving progress reports or journal club.
    • Also good if you can note who is chairing, reporting and clubbing next week, to remind them at the end of the meeting.
  • At group meeting:
    • Ask if anyone has news or another matter they’d like to discuss.
    • Invite the progress reporters to tell everyone what they’ve been working on, and/or discuss bigger picture plans.
    • Discussion is good! Sometimes it happens, sometimes you might need to ask if anyone has any questions. Keep it to about 10 minutes per report, but it’s not critical.
    • Introduce the journal club speaker.
    • Ideally the journal club goes for ~ 30 mins and there is discussion during or afterwards.
  • At the end of group meeting:
    • Announce next week’s chair, progress reporters or journal club presenter.
    • Close the meeting before 5pm.*
  • Afterwards:
    • If anyone swapped places or didn’t give a report, please take note and send Seb an email to edit the schedule above to reflect this.

 I’m leading a journal discussion, what do I do?

First, find a paper. If you’ve come across something interesting recently, great!
A good place to start is Matt’s arXiv selection – Matt Davis from UQ reviews new posts on the arXiv every week (well, almost) and picks out the interesting abstracts. Matt is a BEC theorist, so his list tends to miss some interesting technical papers. And high-profile papers in Nature and Science often don’t go on the arXiv first…

If you’re at a loss, speak to others in the group.

Then edit this page and add a link to the paper you reviewed in the Materials column of the schedule table.

If you find a paper you’d like to discuss before you’re scheduled to present, please arrange to swap with an upcoming scheduled presenter and modify the table below accordingly. “Rules” are:

  • Aim to announce the paper for discussion at the journal club before yours, i.e. 2 weeks ahead of time.
  • One paper (though of course you can read more – but focus on one paper)
  • No slides! (unless there’s a nice movie or similar which you can’t draw on the whiteboard)
  • 30 minutes (but great if discussion goes longer)
  • Short(ish) papers are better. No review articles!
  • If an earlier paper needs to be presented to understand a particular experiment/technique, present that instead! (To a degree, we want to keep journal club relatively cutting edge, and not regress too far with prerequisites.)
  • Send around the published version if the paper is in print (the arXiv version may be different, and it’s harder to reference text during the discussion if people are viewing different versions).