Colour and the Structure of Matter

Posted by ap507 at Sep 16, 2015 10:50 AM |
Leicester Physics Centre hosts public lecture on 17 September as part of International Year of Light 2015 lecture series

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 16 September 2015

Why is fire yellow? Why is your gas hob blue? What makes traffic lights red, green and amber? These phenomena and many others will be examined in a free public lecture on Thursday 17 September at the University of Leicester.

Mike McNally, of the University of Leicester, will present the talk ‘Colour and the Structure of Matter’ as part of a lecture series celebrating the International Year of Light 2015. He will look at how an understanding of what colour is and what causes it is linked to the techniques used to investigate new materials produced in the Condensed Matter Physics laboratories at the University of Leicester.

Dr Darren Wright, of the University of Leicester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said:  “Colour is all around us and yet few people stop to think what colour is and what causes it. It leads back to some very important fundamental physics and understanding the spectrum of light leads us not only to everyday applications which are important and useful to society but also to wildly different concepts, such as how fast the Universe is expanding!”

The lecture is at 6.30pm in the Ken Edwards Building at the University and is one of a series of talks hosted by the Leicester Physics Centre with the aim of promoting science to a wider audience.

Dr Wright added: “All of the lectures presented by the Leicester Physics Centre are aimed at the general public, including children. We hope to encourage future scientists early on.”

The lecture, which is sponsored by the East Midlands Branch of the Institute of Physics, will be held in the Ground Floor Lecture Theatre 3 of the Ken Edwards Building at the University Leicester on Thursday 17 September at 6.30pm. For further details or to make a booking please visit http://www.le.ac.uk/lpc

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