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Prof Simon Connell : UJ

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Africa, Pan Africa, Science for development and decolonisation

  1. The African Light Source
  2. The African Academy of Science
  3. The SA Institute of Physics

Summary of Research Interests: (with a range of collaborators) span several fields
High Energy Particle Physics

  1. Working in ATLAS : Analysis : New Physics Beyond the Standard Model - Dark Matter Searches with SM Higgs as a portal.
  2. Working in ATLAS : Upgrade : Novel Fibre Optic Based Sensors for Radiation Hard Humidity Sensors.
  3. HEP computing
  4. Part of NA63 - especially coherent radiation phenomena using aligned diamond targets.

High Energy Nuclear Physics

  1. Virtual photon excitation of baryonic resonances - JLAB Hall C experiments - mostly experiment E1-008 and associate experiments

ATLAS cavern

Nuclear Physics

  1. Reaction Mechanisms -in light ion induced reactions on medium mass targets from the Coulomb Barrier to the Fission threshold.
  2. Nuclear Energy - Novel Gen IV reactors, Small Modular Reactors

4IR Innovation : Applied Nuclear Physics

  1. MinPET Developing the Mineral-PET kimberlite rock stream sorter for diamond
  2. Ubuntu Reactors Application of High Performance Computing and Monte-Carlo techniques (from High Energy Physics) to Reactor Simulation

Diamond Physics

Diamond Art
  1. X-ray Bragg studies of intrinsic defects at the limit of low strain 10-8
  2. Diamond Applications :
    1. As a synchrotron beam optical element.
    2. As a detector.
    3. As a crystalline undulator.
    4. The (small) lab low-strain Diamond Instrumented Diffractometer project.
    5. Electron and Photon induced primary radiation damage in the low dose - pure diamond limit.
    6. Aspects of ultra-pure and low strain HPHT Synthesis, CVD synthesis.
  3. The H impurity (revealed by Muon Spin Rotation experiments)
  4. The H-microscope project (at iThemba LABS Gauteng).
  5. Impurity Complexation leading to n-type molecular dopants (mostly H complexation)
  6. Scientific Diamond processing (fine mechanical, laser, thermo-chemical, ion-beam). We co-develop the iThemba Diamond Laboratory instrumentation and Techniques.
  7. Natural diamond inclusion geo-chemistry - as an indicator of deep earth physics.

Thermo-chemical polishing

Open Quantum Systems

  1. Quantum Diamond
  2. Space-time effects in Bell Correlations
  3. Quantum Communication, Quantum Security


  1. Getting started
  2. Computational Physics
  3. High Performance Computing
  4. Grid Computing
  5. Virtualisation, Containers
  6. GPU
  7. AI

Brief Bio (2022)
Academic CV (2022)
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