Are you a Sci-Fi fan, love your Star Wars and Star Trek? It seems our imaginations have decided the weapons of the future are lasers. Lightsabers, laser guns and laser canons, just to name a few. They create great special effects and appear to be deadly, you never run out of bullets and did I mention they look cool?
But are they realistic? What are lasers really capable of? And do the movies really portray the laser in the most Scientific way? Join Prof Brant Gibson from the Centre of Nanoscale BioPhotonics RMIT node as he takes you through the history and the future of the laser and whether one day lasers will be the galactic weapon they are in the movies.
Science Fiction Science Fact: Laser combat in movies
Brant will give examples of laser weapons in movies and highlight the myths about their use, he will also give a brief history of the laser and describe how a laser works.
WARNING: There are bound to be spoilers and Prof Brant will be joined by some very special guests that may have been mentioned in a previous post. After all, we are going to require some interstellar proof! I am hoping the Darth lords of the Sith don’t take it the wrong way…
Come and join Prof Brant on the Science Stage for a fun laser show for all the family and decide whether lasers are the future! Don’t forget to dress up in your best Sci-Fi outfit as a prize may just come your way!
The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) is an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence led by the University of Adelaide, with research focused nodes also at Macquarie University and RMIT University. A $40m initiative, the CNBP is focused on developing new light-based imaging and sensing tools, that can measure the inner workings of cells, in the living body.
You can learn more about the research and activities of CNBP on Twitter(@ and @) and Facebook. Also come to the CNBP stall on the Lower Ground Floor and then head into the Dark rooms to see the wonders of light in action with the CNBP crew.
Check the Program page for the full schedule.