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The Power of Lasers

This event takes place in the downstairs function room. Please contact in advance to arrange step-free access. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Past event - 2019
21 May Doors Open 7PM
Event 7:30 - 9:30PM
The Outlook, 76-78A Kings Road,
Reading RG1 3BJ
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Did you want to find out how lasers can be used to test jet engines, treat cancer and make miniature stars?

Then come along and find out about these uses and other exciting applications from two experts in the field of Laser Physics. 

Pressing FIRE on the most powerful lasers in the world

Dr Ceri Brenner (Laser Physicist with the Science and Technology Facility Council, Central Laser Facility)
Want to see what happens to stuff when you shoot it with the most powerful laser in the world? Sure you do. Want to know how these extreme beams can help us with quality assurance in jet engines or how they can be used to zap away cancer? We’re working on that too.
Dr Ceri Brenner is a physicist using super high power lasers that can push particles to almost the speed of light. She’s putting this technology to task for high definition imaging inspection and researching how in the future it can even be used for advanced particle beam cancer treatment.

X-Ray Free-Electron Lasers

Professor Justin Wark (Professor of Atomic and Laser Physics, University of Oxford)
Recent accelerator technology has been harnessed to generate x-rays which are a billion times brighter than any other x-ray source on the planet. X-rays have such short wavelengths that they allow us to probe matter at the atomic level, and these particular pulses are so short - less than a tenth of a trillionth of a second, that they can also ‘freeze’ atomic motion when looking at matter. I will outline the impact this is having in biology, materials science, and my own field of research where we attempt to make and understand ‘miniature stars’ and ‘miniature planets’ in the laboratory.