April 6, 2009

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE: Glass Cages for Catching Light

Posted in Adelaide, Research, science, social, Uncategorized at 1:37 am by cminge

fibreopticProfessor Philip Russell, Director of the newly founded Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, will be presenting a free public lecture this week.

Prof Russell will be talking about photonic crystal fibre (PCF), a hair-thin thread of glass with a ‘cage’ of tiny hollow channels running along its length. This periodic lattice makes it possible to guide light in new ways, for example, to cage it inside an empty core. In such a hollow-core PCF it is possible to eliminate the diffraction of light over km distances in empty space. By filling the core with gases, nonlinear gas-laser interactions can be enhanced by seven orders of magnitude in the best low-loss PCFs. Hollow-core PCF can also be used, for example, to laser-guide small particles, molecules or atoms along a curved path. Through its unique and varied characteristics, PCF is creating many new opportunities in diverse areas of fundamental and applied research.

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Described as the Godfather of Microstructured Optical Fibres, Prof Russell always gives insightful and intriguing physics-based talks, and anyone interested is encouraged to attend!

Date: Thursday, 9 April 2009
Time:
6pm
Location:
Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre (1st Floor, Physics Building, H5 on the map)