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Festival of Physics

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10:00 – 15:00 26 Feb 2011
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The Rosalind Franklin room, At-Bristol Science and Discovery Centre, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB (Sat Nav Reference: BS1 5LL)

The Festival of Physics 2011
The event is open to the public, free, and suitable for school age children.
For details on how to get to At-Bristol visit: http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/gettinghere.html
For further information and to reserve At-Bristol entry tickets contact chair-sw@physics.org
10am welcome and coffee
10.30-11.30 “Revealing the Invisible - Beyond Human Vision” Professor Francis Ring
This presentation will look at the advances in infrared imaging, and the past, present and future prospects for its applications in medical science. The current concerns for pandemic influenza control, and so-called Fever Screening in airports is one example, that remains a subject for scientific debate.

11.30-12.30 “Spin it to bend it: science and the swerving free kick”, Dr Ken Bray
The presentation will discuss the evolution of spin in ball games and describe the physics underpinning the movements of a spinning ball in flight. The presentation will be illustrated using video clips derived from research and from some memorable free kicks, past and present. There will also be a fun competition, and the winner will get a free copy of Dr Bray’s book: How To Score - Science and the Beautiful Game

12.30-2.00 Lunch break and an opportunity to visit the At-Bristol Science and Discovery Centre exhibits. Entry tickets for the exhibits will be available free to Festival of Physics participants but MUST BE RESERVED BEFORE 21 FEBRUARY.
2:00 – 3.00 Invisible Cloaks & a Perfect Lens
3:00 – 4.00 Quantum Technologies with Photons, Professor Jeremy O'Brien
Single particles of light - photons - behave both like waves and like particles. By encoding information in them we can realise advanced information communication and processing technologies. This talk will give an overview of the underlying physics and describe some recent developments

Electromagnetism encompasses much of modern technology. Its influence rests on our ability to deploy materials that can control the component electric and magnetic fields. A new class of materials has created some extraordinary possibilities such as a negative refractive index, and lenses whose resolution is limited only by the precision with which we can manufacture them. Cloaks have been designed and built that hide objects within them, but remain completely invisible to external observers. The new materials, named metamaterials, have properties determined as much by their internal physical structure as by their chemical composition and the radical new properties to which they give access promise to transform our ability to control much of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Event type: Event
Organised by: IOP South West Branch
Contact details: Hilary Summerfield
Email: secretary-sw@physics.org

http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/gettinghere.html


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