Spectators see the light at uni
LIGHT-based technologies have come a long way since the first laser sent out a pulse of light more than 50 years ago.
About 180 people crowded around a laser show held at the University of WA last Wednesday.
The show included a demonstration by Australian National University physicist Emeritus Professor Hans Bachor and National Science and Technology Centre co-ordinator Patrick Helean.
UWA’s student Optical Society president Andrea Curatolo was a co-ordinator of the show.
Mr Curatolo said the show aimed to promote public awareness of the widespread use of optics and light-based technologies in science, engineering, medicine and arts, in line with the mission of the Unesco 2015 International Year of Light.
“Lasers are used in many ways, including as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in ophthalmology, at the clinical and research level at the Lions Eye Institute,” Mr Curatolo said.
“There is also amazing work in optics happening at UWA, for example, at the Optical and Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (Obel) and in the School of Physics at UWA.
The potential of lasers was on display at the show.