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The adventures of a photon through space

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) involves artists and scientists across a large range of domains. It certainly also involves astronomers and to honour this year, we might temporarily rename our research groups Laboratories of Light Pathology. 1,190 more words


NaPoWriMo, Day Four - Love by Any Other Name...

I think there is a theme developing here!  An exploration of negative space á la poesy. Today it’s suggested we write a love poem without ever using the word “love” or employing any hackneyed phrases associated thereof. 147 more words


Machine learning getting a quantic kick!

While we might not realise it at a first glance, machine learning is something that happens whenever we use our computers. Indeed, machine learning is used in a huge array of fields, ranging from simple computer sciences to bioinformatics. 576 more words


Fraunhofer Sun Lines

In physics and optics, the Fraunhofer lines are a set of spectral lines named after the German physicist Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787–1826) . The lines were originally observed as dark features (absorption lines) in the optical spectrum of the Sun. 166 more words


The hyperfine structure of cesium

Today in the lab of atomic spectra we built a setup for observing the hyperfine structure of cesium. It is a big deal for atomic clocks as they use this transition to “tick”. 527 more words


Bouncing Off It All

longer days-
I can’t see a thing
for all these photons


© Steve Mitchell 2015