Australian Institute of Physics Public Talks

Australian Institute of Physics Public Talks

 

The Australian Institute of Physics Victoria Branch is offering two public talks during Science Week 2010.

Women in Physics Public Lecture: Black holes at the Large Hadron Collider

Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Winstanley
When:
Tuesday 17 August, 2010, 6.30 pm
Venue:
The University of Melbourne, Old Geology South - Theatre 2

Brane world models in string theory suggest that our universe is a slice, or ‘brane’, of a higher-dimensional space-time. In this talk we will discuss why one consequence of these models is that copious numbers of mini black holes may be formed by collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. We will describe how these mini black holes are created, and what happens to them once they have been produced. In particular, we discuss why these black holes will not swallow up the entire Earth.

For more information download a flyer or visit the AIP website.

50 years of Lasers and a brilliant future

Speaker: Prof. Hans Bachor
When:
6:30 pm Friday, 20th August 2010
Venue:
Room TBA, The University of Melbourne

How does the laser actually work?
Why is it so powerful?
What might the future bring?

All of us use lasers, all of us rely on lasers when we communicate, watch a video, drive a car or need medical help. 100 years ago these possibilities were unheard of - just ideas in the mind of a view, 50 years ago the first laser sent out the first pulse of light, now it is one of the underlying technologies.

For more information download a flyer or visit the AIP website.