The South Australian lecture in the 2018 AIP Women in Physics Lecture Tour
at 6:30pm–7:40pm on Thursday 9th August 2018
in the Napier G04 Lecture Theatre
Napier Building, the University of Adelaide, North Terrace campus.
Abstract: When we press FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world, we deliver a packet of light that is a thousand billion billion times more intense than the sunlight you feel while out on Bondi beach in peak summer! That’s super intense! We can use this extreme power to recreate the conditions at the centre of Sun and in the process release vast amounts of energy in a clean and safe way. Harnessing this power for electricity generation is an inspiring story. It combines pure and applied physics and requires engineering to handle the most extreme conditions in our solar system!
Biography: Ceri Brenner is a plasma physicist and innovator who uses the most powerful lasers in the world to study what happens when extreme bursts of light come into contact with matter and is using this knowledge to design new X-ray technology that can see through steel! The extreme physics she studies can also be applied for understanding supernova explosions in space or how we can ignite a star on earth for clean electricity generation.