07/2016: Atomic Fingerprints (S. Tedaldi)

Place and Time: Abingdon, July 28, 2016  from 19:00 for 19:30

Barn Room, Crown and Thistle (18 Bridge St, Abingdon OX14 3HS)

TITLE: Atomic Fingerprints

Each type of atom is different, it has its unique pattern of light that it can absorb or emit. This fingerprint allows us not only to study distant star or search for lifAtomicFingerPrinte on other planets, it even allows us to calculate the age of the universe itself. The talk will give an introduction to the understanding of light and how it is related to the structure of atoms and explores with practical demonstration how these measurements can be made. For example, during the talk audience members will be asked to identify a series of unknown gases with simple spectrometers.

atomicspectraSian Tedaldi studied Physics at the University of Liverpool. She is not only a member of the Atom Society Committee, but more importantly the Outreach Officer at the physics department of the University of Oxford. She is in charge of sharing the exciting research of the Department with the general public and working with schools to inspire the next generation of scientist.

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