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Nature's optics and our understanding of light

Speaker: Prof. Michael Berry (University of Bristol)
Date: Wednesday 27 February 2019
Time: 15:00
Venue: Queens Buildings N/3.28

Optical phenomena visible to everyone abundantly illustrate important ideas in science and mathematics. The phenomena considered include rainbows, sparkling reflections on water, green flashes, earthlight on the moon, glories, daylight, crystals, and the squint moon. The concepts include refraction, wave interference, numerical experiments, asymptotics, Regge poles, polarisation singularities, conical intersections, and visual illusions.