4th May 2016: What is Condensed Matter Physics ? By Gino Jabbar

Come along to the community hall on the side of St John’s Church Edinburgh at 6.30pm for some food, some drinks (BYOB) and a talk on physics by Gino


Title of talk:

What is Condensed Matter Physics?

Condensed Matter Physics

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • What is Condensed Matter?
  • Energy, Phases & Crystals
  • Water Ices
  • Artificial Diamonds
  • The search for metallic hydrogen
  • Pure Silicon – The birth of semiconductors
  • Magnetism & Superconductivity – Cryogenics
  • Current hurdles – radioactive shielding, hydrogen storage, ect..


A few paragraphs on your subject:

A general, entertaining talk on how research in Condensed Matter Physics (i.e. the study of solids and liquids) underpins current & future technologies. Taking key examples over the last hundred years such the quest for artificial diamonds (“the Diamond Makers”, Hazen), the advent of superconductivity as a commercial success (1987) I hope to show that this area of research is not only technologically relevant but is also very interesting.

A few paragraphs about you:

I recently finished a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics (end of 2014). I specialised in magnetism and superconductivity of rare-earth compounds. I took a gap year in 2015 and am currently working on my scientific career alongside setting up The Edinburgh Science Academy, who’s aim is to provide scientific education and act as a hub for the development of young scientists.

What free internet knowledge resources would you recommend to others if they wish to explore your chosen theme further?