CPARC participated in the first ever International Dark Matter Day over the month of October 2017! We teamed up with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics to host a truly special public event that included live demos and featured dark matter experts from all over Canada, including CPARC faculty member Prof. Ken Clark joining us via video conferencing directly from SNOLAB! Over 200 people attended this public event on Monday, October 23 2017.
31 high school students from the Kingston area also attended a Dark Matter Day workshop. They received a primer on dark matter and got to interact with astrophysicists and particle physicists working on the dark matter puzzle using everything from telescopes to underground experiments at SNOLAB! Make sure to read all about our Dark Matter Day public event and high school workshop, and we'll see you next year!
Queen's University 4th year undergraduate student Clarke Hardy won first place for his talk in the Particle and Theoretical Physics category at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference held at Carleton University October 20-24 2017! Clarke presentend his work on the PICO experiment situated at SNOLAB. His advisor, CPARC Scientific Director Prof. Tony Noble, and the entire Queen's physics department is very proud of his showing. Congratulations Clarke!
CPARC Scientific Director Dr. Tony Noble and fellow Queen's physicist Dr. Stephen Hughes have been awarded a combined $4.8 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Fund! The funding was announced on October 12 2017 by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. Dr. Noble’s team is building a next generation detector, PICO 500L, that will search for dark matter while Dr. Hughes and his CFI collaborators, including co-lead James Fraser, will establish a Queen’s Nanophotonics Research Centre to explore the behaviour of light and light-matter interactions on the nanometre scale. Find out more here.
Queen's University and the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre hosted the 2017 Canadian Association of Physicists Congress from May 28 to June 2. The event was a roaring success! 520 delegates attended over 300 talks and 30 business meetings, presented 50 posters, and enjoyed numerous social events. The achievements of physicists in Canada and internationally were showcased and celebrated. We look forward to seeing you next year for the 2018 CAP Congress in Halifax, NS at Dalhousie University!
Review of applications for Faculty positions for 6 of the faculty positions at Queen's are well advanced or complete. The Postdoctoral Fellowship position for Experimental Particle Physics at McGill University has been posted July 3, 2017. The Faculty position for a Trace-Analytic or Organic Chemist at Queen's University has been posted July 7, 2017.
Review of applications for Faculty positions at Alberta, Carleton, Laurentian, Montreal, Toronto and TRIUMF are well advanced or complete.