Calendar

Jul
18
Wed
Physics Forum @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CONTACT PERSON: Luna Pelligri
EMAIL: luna.pellegri@gmail.com
Jul
19
Thu
Colloquium: The European Spallation Source as a new tool for discovery @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am
SPEAKER: Dr. Christine Darve, European Spallation Source, Lund, Sweden
VENUE: iThemba LABS, Auditorium
VIDEO STREAM: http://goo.gl/KyBYj9

 

Jul
20
Fri
SA-JINR Workshop @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Jul
23
Mon
Project Report Back Session @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jul 23 @ 11:00 am
Jul
26
Thu
Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) Day-1 Workshop @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jul 26 all-day

We are pleased to announce a Day-1 workshop with main focus in Ion Beam Analysis that will take place at iThemba LABS, Faure on the 26th July 2018.

The main objective of this workshop will be to present the status of the IBA activities and the progress so far in the full commissioning of the new 3 MV Tandetron accelerator and primary beam lines (for NMP and RBS) as a way of announcing first day of the commencement of the IBA experiments at Materials Research Department (MRD) which were put on hold in December 2015.

The date selected for this MRD meeting will follow the Workshop on Ion Beams for Materials Research Workshop at iThemba LABS (with emphasis on radioactive ion beams) to be hosted on the 24-25 July 2018.

Jul
30
Mon
National Science Week public lectures: How Science Strengthens a Democracy @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SPEAKER Professor Mike Bruton

 

Aug
1
Wed
National Science Week public lectures: What a Great Idea! Awesome South African Inventions @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SPEAKER Professor Mike Bruton

 

Aug
4
Sat
iThemba LABS Open Day @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Aug 4 all-day
Aug
8
Wed
Women’s Day Event @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Women's Day Event @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town

August is Women’s month in South Africa and on 9 August we celebrate Women’s Day.

All staff are invited to join in celebrating Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 August in the auditorium.

RSVP by no later than Monday 6 August to library@tlabs.ac.za or extension 1004/1032/1259.

A programme of events will be shared closer to the time.

See Invitation

 

Aug
29
Wed
The Atacama Desert as Mars analog and extraterrestrial dust trap. @ iThemba LABS Lecture Theatre (Johannesburg)
Aug 29 @ 2:00 pm
PRESENTER: Dr. Jenny Feige
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Technical University Berlin.
Berlin, Germany
ENQUIRIES: Dr. S.R. Winkler
srw@tlabs.ac.za

 

The Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth and can be of great use to scientists working in the fields of astrobiology and astrophysics. On the one hand, the Atacama Desert soils are analogous to the extremely dry Martian surface, which is one of the main obstacles for life to flourish. We have investigated the habitability and biota of five one-meter soil profiles representing a range of microhabitats present in the Atacama Desert showing that the habitability of these microenvironments partially depend on the depositional setting, salt content, fog frequency, and the presence of seismically-driven boulder movement. Hence, our data provides guidance for identifying those soil types on Mars that are most promising for the search of life. On the other hand, the stable hyper-arid climate conditions in the Atacama Desert allow for slow sedimentation of atmospheric dust over millions of years, making it an ideal place to search for extraterrestrial dust. About 30,000 tons of interplanetary dust accumulates on Earth each year. A large fraction can be found as micrometeorites on the Earth’s surface. Additionally, interstellar dust signatures from supernovae were observed in deep-sea sediments, indicating nearby stellar explosions at 2-3 Myr and 6-8 Myr ago. We use an Atacama soil profile dating back millions of years to search for micrometeorites and for the first continental signatures of nearby supernovae.