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Physics Extravaganza

There will be a Physics Extravaganza at Swinburne University on Friday evening, 17th August. There will be two public lectures, An Art Show with refreshments in between and a Telescope viewing after the second lecture.

The program includes:

  • 4:30pm. Igniting stars with super intense lasers with Dr Ceri Brenner, the AIP Women in Physics Lecturer for 2018. Dr Brenner is UK and will be speaking as part of her national tour. 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 in peak summer! That’s super intense! We can use this extreme power to recreate the conditions at the centre of Sun and in the process release vast amounts of energy in a clean and safe way. Harnessing this power for electricity generation is an inspiring story. It combines pure and applied physics and requires engineering to handle the most extreme conditions in our solar system.
  • 5:30pm. DEEPER DARKER BRIGHTER Art exhibition with refreshments. Conveying the wonder of science through art, Pamela Bain and Carolyn Lewens explore the universe with Swinburne University Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing resulting in an odyssey of aesthetic and sensory experiences.
  • 6:30pm. State of the Universe VIII – the people’s edition with Dr Rebecca Allen, Swinburne University. Whether it is depending on the stars in the sky to navigate a ship’s journey or developing technology that enables the successful landing of a rover on a distant planet, space has always been part of who we are. In this special edition of State of the Universe, Dr Rebecca Allen will discuss some of the contemporary men and women who have advanced the studies of and journeys into the Cosmos, and where we are today.
  • 7:30pm. Telescope viewing. Weather permitting.

Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus, ATC101 (Enter from Burwood Rd) Map

Refreshments will be provided in the hour between the two talks.

Cost: Free

To book click here. Note you will need to indicate which sessions you will be attending. This information will assist with catering.




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