Awe-inspiring Laser Light Show – Physics Visit Day 2013

Author: Gareth Beeston

On the 13th of February 2013 the School of Physics and Astronomy held an event that wowed the potential students of the upcoming year, with a laser light show showing them the marvels of the cutting-edge technology at the University of Southampton.

Dr. David Smith initiated the event with a talk on what the University has to offer to students in terms of funding, field trips to CERN and MIT, multi-million pound facilities and a wholesome community of excellence in physics and astronomy.

A subsequent laboratory tour showed the potential students the breadth of technology and equipment that is on offer to allow students to perform research projects in photonics, quantum physics, astronomy, astrophysics and particle physics.

The grand finale of the event was a lecture in photonics followed by a demonstration of a Light Express Laser Show, which showed the properties of light and how it can be studied practically. This performance showed how light can pop balloons, be refracted within a liquid, create sound and work as a way to transmit digital communications.

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