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The Light Fantastic - Marie Curie Lecture Series

The Light Fantastic - Marie Curie Lecture Series

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  • Tue 8 Nov ’11, 7:30pm – 8:30pm


University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Dr Cather Simpson is speaking as part of the year-long Marie Curie Lecture Series.

Light is essentially a wave that carries energy. Though scientists have known this for hundreds of years, we are still striving to meet the challenge of converting that energy into a form that we can readily use – electrical energy, mechanical motion, heat and even to treat cancer.

Ultrashort pulsed lasers probe the chemical physics of how substances 'decide' what to do with the light energy they absorb. The same laser pulses also enable the high value manufacturing advances needed to make solar energy harvesting a technological (and economical) reality.

This lecture, given one year after the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser, will explore the use of light to better our lives. In particular, it will focus upon the 'holy grail' of harnessing the sun to generate electricity. Research by Cather Simpson and her collaborators in the Photon Factory at The University of Auckland is making advances at both the very basic and very high-tech applied ends of this effort.

It is being held in Room 108, Law Building, University of Canterbury.

Parking is free and in the Law car park off University Drive, accessed from either Ilam Road or Clyde Road. A map is here:

No ticket booking is needed for this talk.

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