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Date: Tuesday, 21 October
Time: 5.00 - 7.00 pm
Venue: Slade Lecture Theatre, School of Physics, University of Sydney

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Please join us to celebrate the International Day of Photonics.

Photonics technologies are amazing, fascinating, and you find them everywhere: in communication, entertainment, medical, manufacturing, automotive, energy, lighting, agriculture, photovoltaic, security, art ... Photonics is a key enabling technology with a very bright future!

Do you know why 21 October is Day of Photonics? On 21 October 1983, the General Conference of Weights and Measures adopted the value of 299,792.458 km/s for the speed of light.

CUDOS will celebrate the Day of Photonics by acknowledging the recent Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry, awarded in the areas of photonics and optics, and by raising awareness of the global initiative that is the International Year of Light 2015!

Please join us for two mini-lectures that will address the science behind these Nobel Prizes, and provide a historical and societal perspective.

  • A/Prof Boris Kuhlmey, University of Sydney - How the optical microscope became a nanoscope
  • Dr James Downes, Macquarie University - Blue LEDs – Filling the world with new light

The session will conclude with a brief talk by Prof Ben Eggleton, Director of CUDOS, about the key themes of IYL 2015 and the activities being planned by CUDOS, a gold Associate sponsor, as part of this global initiative. This will hopefully act as inspiration for organising further activities in the school and faculty.

The Opening Ceremony of IYL 2015 will take place in January 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in the iconic Fontenoy building very close to the Eiffel Tower. So what better way to end our celebration than with a glass of champagne and an authentic croissant!