Stargazer pro­vides heav­enly in­sights

Clutha Leader - - GOLDEN YEARS - MARY-JO TOHILL

Is any­body out there? That’s an age-old ques­tion with a mod­ern twist that a vis­it­ing sci­en­tist will discuss with South Otago peo­ple when he gives a talk at Bal­clutha next week.

Bal­clutha Ro­tary Club is host­ing Dr Eyal Schwartz, a young re­searcher at the Univer­sity of Otago physics de­part­ment, the Dodd-Walls Cen­tre for Pho­tonic and Quan­tum Tech­nolo­gies, in Dunedin.

He will be speak­ing at the South Otago Town & Coun­try Club at 7pm next Thurs­day. Schwartz spe­cialises in hunt­ing the night skies for extra-so­lar plan­ets.

This will be the sec­ond time in two years that the ro­tary club has hosted a sci­ence pro­fes­sional, with a view to pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes in the com­mu­nity, to sup­port youth ini­tia­tives that en­cour­age in­ter­est in higher ed­u­ca­tion and the sciences.

Guest speaker Schwartz has a di­verse re­search back­ground in physics. He com­pleted a mas­ters de­gree in fluid mechanics and a PhD in as­tron­omy and as­tro­physics.

His field of re­search in­ter­est is fun­da­men­tal quan­tum mechanics and cold atoms, where he is ma­nip­u­lat­ing sin­gle atoms to un­der­stand ba­sic phe­nom­ena in the build­ing blocks of the uni­verse.

In his talk, he aims to un­veil the cos­mos, from naked eye and tele­scope.

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