When we press FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world, we deliver a packet of light that is a thousand billion billion times more intense than the sunlight you feel while out on the beach in peak summer. But these machines aren't just a physicist's playground - they’re being put to task. From igniting a miniature star on Earth to keep our power stations working for thousands of years with clean fuel, to powering innovative next generation micro-accelerator technology for detecting and treating cancer or x-ray imaging a jet engine at full speed for performance inspection. Not bad for a fancy form of light.
Dr Ceri Brenner is a senior application development physicist at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Central Laser Facility. She specialises in using the most powerful lasers in the world to develop innovative imaging and inspection technology for use in medical diagnosis, nuclear waste management and aerospace performance testing. Ceri has a unique role that spans research, innovation and business development and is driving the translation of laser-driven accelerator research into industrial applications that impact our society. In 2017 she was awarded the UK Institute of Physics’ Clifford-Paterson Medal and Prize for her significant early career contributions to the application of physics in an industrial context.
Refreshments available. The talk with start at approximately 7.15pm