Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch


an AIP Lecture
(Note: Visitors, particularly students in Physics courses, are welcome to attend)

OPTICS: Don't Leave Home Without It!

Prof. Jesper Munch
Professor of Experimental Physics
University of Adelaide

Tuesday, 7th September at 7:30pm in the
Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre,
University of Adelaide

Is optics leading developments in modern physics? Not only has a majority of recent Nobel prizes in physics been awarded for optics based investigations, but optics has also revolutionized other specialties such as chemical spectroscopy, remote sensing, precision measurements, communications, medicine and defence. A good education in optics covers much of modern physics, and also leads to excellent, physics based employment opportunities for graduates.

The Optics Group at The University of Adelaide maintains an excellent research programme, spanning the field of optics from fundamental physics to laser engineering and optics for industrial applications. This talk on the importance of optics will be illustrated by specific examples, drawn in part from our own research. It will include work on coherent laser radar for detection of turbulence in front of aircraft, very large space based telescopes, ultra-fast optical computing and the world-wide quest to detect Einstein's gravitational waves, thereby opening up a whole new window to the universe.

Members are invited to have dinner prior to the lecture from 5:45pm onwards in the Equinox restaurant in the Union building at the University of Adelaide. Bookings should be made by noon on the day of the lecture with the AIP-SA Secretary.

A light supper will be available after the talk.

Please direct enquiries to the following contacts, and not to University Physics Departments:
Dr Laurence Campbell
Dr John Patterson

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