Theoretical particle physics (Beyond the standard model, neutrinos, branes and extra dimensions, particle cosmology, particle phenomemology, early universe)
Prof Raymond Volkas
Ray is the Head of the School of Physics where he has been a Faculty member since 1993. He is also the Director of the Melbourne Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics (established in 2011). Some of Ray’s past awards and achievements include receiving a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship, the Pawsey Medal which is awarded by the Australian Academy of Science, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (UoM) and a Dozor Fellowship from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010.
Ray completed his PhD here at the UoM. His research interests as a theoretician centre on physics “beyond the standard model”. His special interests include those areas where experiment or observation has already revealed the necessity for extending the known laws of nature: neutrino masses, dark matter, and the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe.
Ray has been invited to present talks at more than 50 conferences, schools and workshops, given numerous public lectures and has appeared on radio and television programs. He has also been the chair or co-chair for 5 international conferences. His most recent ‘claim to fame’ is an interview with PonderCast that went live on YouTube a few weeks ago.
Ray currently teaches Physics 2: Physical Science and Technology for our 1st Years and Quantum Physics for the 3rd Year students.
In what could be termed as ‘spare time’, Ray enjoys listening to modern jazz, playing improvisations on the piano and appreciates the fruits of some famous artists such as his favourite, Caravaggio. His favourite authors include Haruki Murakami and Graham Greene. He also admires architecture of both the past and the present and will find time to visit sites of archaeological value when the opportunity arises.