UPDATE - Do to health reasons tonight's talk is now CANCELLED. Unfortunately no subsituite lecture could be found and we appolgise for any inconvience.
Speaker: Dr Ceri Brenner, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
On the border of Oxfordshire and Berkshire lie two of the
world's most powerful lasers. They can heat matter to
millions of degrees in less than a trillionth of a second,
rip apart the atom and generate the 4th state of matter,
plasma. But why go to all this effort? First of all, they are
great at generating the extreme conditions of the Universe,
like supernova explo-sions and planetary cores, so that
we can study them up close in the laboratory. But these
machines are not just a physicist's playground. Super powerful lasers were developed
for the hugely inspiring quest of fusion energy as a sustainable, clean heat source
for power stations. They are also driving innovation in medical imaging, security
inspection and nuclear waste management. Not bad for a fancy form of light!