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Physics at the Interface: from liquid crystal displays to vision and movement

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18:30 – 19:30 27 Oct 2010
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John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH.

Speakers: Professor Helen Gleeson, Physics Department, The University of Manchester

Research in science and engineering is increasingly providing an insight into important problems in biology, building on perhaps the most famous example of this synergy when Crick and Watson used experimental physics to work out the structure of DNA. This talk takes examples from the area of liquid crystals, best known for flat panel television sets and mobile phone displays, and shows how nature applies this technology to living systems. In particular, it will explain how (and why) some animals see using polarized light. It will also show how we can move technology towards producing artificial muscles. We will finally consider how systems in nature could influence the next technological advance.
Directions: http://www.iop.org/activity/branches/north_west/manchester/calendar/file_44559.pdf

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: Manchester & District Branch
Contact details: Louise Butcher
Email: louise.butcher@iop.org

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