Nobel Laureate Dr William Phillips

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Nobel Laureate Dr William Phillips

Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the universe.

Join Nobel Laureate, Dr William Phillips, for a lively presentation to illustrate his work on laser-cooled atoms. The use of super-cold atoms has revolutionised the development of ultra-accurate atomic clocks, which are essential for GPS satellite navigation and allow us to test the fundamental laws of physics.

At the beginning of the 20th century Einstein changed the way we think about Time.  Now, early in the 21st century, the measurement of Time is being revolutionised by the ability to cool a gas of atoms to temperatures millions of times lower than any naturally occurring temperature in the universe.   Atomic clocks, the best timekeepers ever made, are one of the scientific and technological marvels of modern life.  Such super-accurate clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science; they are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS), whose satellite navigation guides cars, airplanes, and hikers to their destinations.  

Today, the best primary atomic clocks use ultra-cold atoms, achieve accuracies of about one second in 300 million years, while a new generation of atomic clocks is leading us to re-define what we mean by time.  Super-cold atoms, with temperatures that can be below a billionth of a degree above absolute zero, use, and allow tests of, some of Einstein's strangest predictions. 

In 1997, Dr. Phillips shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for the development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. This work has been instrumental in the development of super-accurate atomic clocks. Applications include GPS satellite navigation and other technologies that rely on fast, precision measurements.

Please note that this event is strictly adults only (18+). If you're lucky enough to look younger than 25 you must bring a valid form of photo I.D. Anyone under the age of 18 or without valid I.D. will be refused entry. If you have access requirements please call 0141 420 5000 and our team will be able to help you.

When is this on?

Wednesday 27th June 19:00

This event is available as a standalone event. The tickets can be purchased below

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