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Everyday atoms: a night of the science of our day to day

This event takes place in the basement. There is an elevator for accessibility and bathrooms on the same level as the event space. Over 18s only.
Past event - 2024
13 May Doors at 6:30pm
Event 7pm to 9pm
August House, 43 Mitchell Street,
Glasgow G1 3LN
Dive into the fascinating world of atomic timekeeping, where precision meets possibility, and discover how atomic clocks redefine our understanding of time itself. Then, journey into the realm of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), uncovering their transformative potential in technology, from energy-efficient lighting to cutting-edge displays. Through interactive demonstrations and engaging discussions, witness the convergence of quantum physics and everyday life.

Measuring Magnetism with Quantum Sensors

Dr Stuart Ingleby (Chancellor's Fellow at University of Strathclyde)
Quantum sensing probably evokes images of complex equipment, filling darkened laboratories with heavy steel chambers and powerful lasers. However, for magnetic measurements this is not the case. With our pocket-sized quantum magnetic sensor we measure magnetic fields from the Earth, our atmosphere and our own bodies, using ground-breaking sensitivity to uncover hidden signals. I will show how this sensor uses the quantum states of caesium atoms to powerfully amplify magnetic signals. I will also discuss a range of real-world applications, ranging from navigating without a GPS signal to real-time measurements of the human brain thinking.

How We Make Blue LEDs From Layers of Atoms

Dr Carol Trager-Cowan (Reader, University of Strathclyde)
The LED light bulb, that you now buy in the supermarket, won its inventors the Nobel prize in 2014 "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources". The key material used to manufacture blue LEDs is the semiconductor gallium nitride (GaN). GaN does not exist in nature - the temperatures and pressures required to produce it are too high. We use special techniques to "grow" this material. We will discuss how blue LEDs are made, and how the region of the LED which emits the light comprises a layer around 10 atoms thick.

Time For A Cold One

Dr Alan Bregazzi (Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Strathclyde)
From tracking the movement of the stars to modern atomic clocks; I will talk about the history of timekeeping and why better clocks are becoming more and more important. The best clocks today rely on atoms cooled to temperatures around one million times lower than outer space. We will cover how this is done and why you should care.
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