Light Matter

Light Matter

Can light really move objects? Does it have force? What would happen if the interaction between light and matter were more dynamic? Light Matter (2014) was created as part of a residency awarded by Barcelona City Council whereby the artist visited various scientific...
Lightfest Rock

Lightfest Rock

A sweet bit of outreach. The seaside rock represents the fruits of a project to make a video comparing the fabrication of microstructured optical fibres and rock candy. Both involve creating a large scale version of the final structure and then stretching it out,...
Lightfest Shark! 3D Street Art

Lightfest Shark! 3D Street Art

As part of Aston University’s forthcoming 50th anniversary celebrations, the first ever Lightfest will take place on the 25th September at the Library of Birmingham. Researchers from the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies are hosting lots of exciting...
5 things lasers are used for that will surprise you

5 things lasers are used for that will surprise you

Lasers are an integral part of the technology we depend on every day and their widespread use continue to evolve. But what are lasers really used for? 1. Welding and cutting. Some lasers can deliver thousands of Watts of power, these high powered laser beams can be...
Light, the universe and everything

Light, the universe and everything

In praise of the DIY Telescope Light is fascinating. Without visible light, we are blind and yet, paradoxically, its absence helps us to see the stars at their best. Light is both enemy and friend. Ancient light, recently mapped by the Planck satellite, reveals a...