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The Proceedings of SAIP2017

The Proceedings of SAIP2017, the 62nd Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics

ISBN: 978-0-620-82077-6

Publication Date: 31 December 2018
The Proceedings of SAIP2017 will only be available electronically. The papers are ordered by SAIP Division and then alphabetically by first author surname. The PDF file of the Proceedings can be navigated from the Table of Contents by clicking on the appropriate paper title. Alt+left arrow navigates back to the previous view. All the content of the PDF file is searchable. 

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Author names, Title (optional), in The Proceedings of SAIP2017, the 62nd Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics, edited by Prof. Japie Engelbrecht (SU/2017), pp. xxx - yyy. ISBN: 978-0-620-82077-6. Available online at http://events.saip.org.za

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Full Research Papers from the SAIP2017 Proceedings

Division A - Division for Physics of Condensed Matter and Materials

Investigation of Thermoelectric Properties of CH3NH3PbI3: Density Functional Theory and Boltzmann Transport Calculations
I O Abdallah, D P Joubert and M S H Suleiman

First-principles investigation of lattice thermal conductivity and structural stability of CH3NH3PbI3
I O Abdallah, D P Joubert and M S H Suleiman

The role of the pre-exponential factor in the segregation profiles of Cu(111)-SnSb and Cu(100)-SnSb ternary alloys
J K O Asante and W D Roos

Quasiparticle band structure and optical properties of alpha-MnO2: a beyond density functional theory investigation
M Chepkoech, D P Joubert and G O Amolo

Intermediate valence behavior in the new ternary compound Yb13Pd40Sn31
R F Djoumessi, A M Strydom, F Gastaldo, I Curlik; M Reiffers and M Giovannini

Mechanical milling effect on the structural and magnetic properties of sintered La0.67Sr0.33MnO3
I P Ezekiel, T Moyo and S Dlamini

Predicting the Mo substitution and vacancy-complex induced electrical defect levels in Ge
E Igumbor, O Olaniyan, R E Mapasha, H T Danga and W E Meyer

Analysis of the structure, particle morphology and photoluminescent properties of green emitting BaB8O13:Ce3+ phosphor
M A Lephoto, K G Tshabalala, S J Motloung and O M Ntwaeaborwa

First-principles stability study of olivine NaMPO4 (M: Mn, Fe,Co)
N L Lethole, H R Chauke and P E Ngoepe

Optimisation of inorganic-organic photoactive hybrid thin films
S S Magubane, T F G Muller, C J Oliphant and C J Arendse

Structural and thermodynamic properties of Zr-Nb-Co compound.
M M Malebati, P E Ngoepe and H R Chauke

The structural and sensing properties of cobalt and indium doped zinc oxide nanopowders synthesised through high energy ball milling technique
M F Manamela, T E Mosuang and B W Mwakikunga

Mechanical properties and temperature dependence of B19 Ti50-xZrxPt50 shape memory alloys
M P Mashamaite, H R Chauke and P E Ngoepe

Bias enhanced nucleation and growth for improving the optomechanical properties of diamond-like carbon films
W M Mbiombi, B A Mathe, D Wamwangi, R Erasmus and D G Billing

Atomistic simulation of the structure and elastic properties of pentlandite structure (Ir9S8)
M A Mehlape, D Tanzwani and P E Ngoepe

Computational modelling study of the Ti50Pt50-xCux shape memory alloys
R Modiba, H Chikwanda and P E Ngoepe

The effect of thiol collectors on nickel-rich (110) pentlandite surface using density functional theory
P P Mkhonto, H R Chauke and P E Ngoepe

Gas-Sensing Properties of TiO2 Nanoparticles Double Doped with Ag and Cu
O O Nubi and T E Mosuang

Investigation of the magnetic ground state of PrRu2Ga8 compound
M O Ogunbunmi and A M Strydom

Numerical simulation of structural, electronic and optical properties of vanadium diselenide (VSe2)
E Rugut, D Joubert and G Jones

Elastic properties of chalcogenide based phase change memories by surface Brillouin scattering
D Wamwangi, B Mathe, M Baloi, D G Billing, C Persch, M Salinga and M Wuttig

Thermoelectic properties of Sm3Rh4Ge13
S P Xhakaza, B M Sondezi and A M Strydom


Division B - Nuclear, Particle and Radiation Physics

Measurements of natural radioactivity in soil using an array of cerium doped lanthanum bromide scintillator detectors
M Bashir, R T Newman and P Jones

Investigating the diffusion of Xe implanted into glassy carbon
M Y A Ismail, J B Malherbe, O S Odutemowo, T T Hlatshwayo, E G Njoroge and E Wendler

Calculation of the energy produced from radiative capture in SAFARI-1
L Jurbandam, O M Zamonsky

The impact of an extended Inner Detector tracker on the W+-W+-jj measurement in pp collisions at the High-Luminosity LHC with the upgraded ATLAS detector
C Lee, R van Tonder and S Yacoob

High-fidelity modelling of the ETRR-2 research reactor
M Mashau, S A Groenewald and F A van Heerden

Assessing the impact of rock phosphate storage on uranium and thorium concentration in soil samples from Richards Bay using neutron activation analysis
F B Masok, P L Masiteng, R D Mavunda, P P Maleka and H Winkler

Composite Scintillators - A new type of radiation hard scintillator
J E Mdhluli, Yu I Davydov, V Baranov, S Mthembu, R Erasmus, H Jivan, B Mellado, E Sideras-Haddad, A Boyarintsev, T Nepokupnaya, Y Onufriyev and I Vasiliev

Geometrical validation of New Small Wheel simulation software
C Mwewa, V Cairo, A Dell'Acqua, A Hamilton, V Martinez and S Yacoob

Reconstruction of missing energy in events with two photons at the ATLAS detector in Large Hadron Collider
K G Tomiwa, X Ruan, S Liao and B Mellado

Performance of various event generators in describing multijet final states at the LHC
S von Buddenbrock

Production of the Madala boson in association with top quarks
S von Buddenbrock


Division C - Photonics


Division D1 - Astrophysics


Structure formation with causal bulk viscosity
G Acquaviva, A John and A Pénin

Exploring the potential of the dark matter candidate from the Madala hypothesis with multi-frequency indirect detection
G Beck and S Colafrancesco

Spectral analysis of Fermi-LAT gamma-ray bursts with known redshift and their potential use as cosmological standard candles
F F Dirirsa, S Razzaque and F Piron

Optimization of galaxy identification algorithms in large Hi surveys
T Gqaza, R C Kraan-Korteweg, B Frank, M Ramatsoku, T H Jarrett, E Elson and A C Schroeder

Reverberation mapping of a z ~ 0:375 active galactic nucleus
M S Hlabathe, E Romero-Colmenero, S M Crawford and LCO AGN Key collaboration

Modelling the hardening of gamma-ray spectra by extragalactic background light
A M Kudoda and A Faltenbacher

Probing quantum gravity through strong gravitational lensing
S Marongwe and M Mafu

Quasi-Newtonian scalar-tensor cosmologies
H Sami and A Abebe


Division D2 - Space Science

Division E - Education

Division F - Applied Physics

Simulation of Ground Level Spectral Solar Irradiance in Rwanda using LibRadtran.
M C Cyulinyana and H Winkler

A new D-T neutron facility at UCT
T Hutton and A Buffler

Testing the scattering distribution of a photon in a turbid medium using Monte Carlo simulations
T Mabhengu, M C Cyulinyana and H Winkler

Computational comparison of a novel cavity absorber for parabolic trough solar concentrators
K Mohamad and P Ferrer

Numerical modelling of control rod calibrations and fuel depletion at the OPAL research reactor
R Mudau, D Botes and F A Van Heerden

The proposed improvements of the hydrometer calibration system using Cuckow's method at NMISA
B Ndlovu, R T Mautjana and D J Mabena

The MinPET diamond discovery technique
T Nemakhavhani, D Unwuchola, R C Andrew, M N H Cook, S H Connell, S E Ballestrero, U Uggerhoj, S Pape Moller, P Aggerholm, N Hertel and J A Swartz

Calculation of direct and di use solar irradiance components using a Slob Algorithm model in Gauteng conditions.
L C Nethwadzi and H Winkler

An investigation of synchronisation techniques for a handheld QKD device
S Pillay, M Mariola and F Petruccione

System control applications of low-power radio frequency devices
R M van Rensburg, B Mellado and C J Sandrock


Division G - Theoretical and Computational Physics


How quantum is bird migration: A review
B Adams, I Sinayskiy and F Petruccione

Entanglement and gravity
J M Hartman, S H Connell, C Engelbrecht and F Petruccione

Heavy flavor tagged photon bremsstrahlung from AdS/CFT
W A Horowitz

Matrix logarithmic quantum wave equation
M Znojil and K G Zloshchastiev