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Brighton Café Scientifique – Lasers: Versatile Quantum Tools Made of light

May 8 @ 7:15 pm 9:30 pm

  • DOORS: 7.15pm
  • SPEAKER: 8.00pm


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You have probably met lasers in your day-to-day life, perhaps to bring a music concert to life, or to direct your gaze in a PowerPoint presentation. Lasers are beams of amplified light which we can control very precisely. They are powerful tools inside and outside of science. Laser uses include quantum computing, precision cutting, medicine and, in the case of the ITCM group at Sussex, searching for dark matter and new physics. This talk will explore all things laser: how they work, how we control and manipulate laser light, and how lasers are used both inside and outside the lab.

Amber Shepherd is a PhD student at the University of Sussex in the Ion-Trap Cavity-QED and Molecular Physics (ITCM) group. She is working on an experiment which aims to use quantum technology to test fundamental physics.