Quantum Levitation, Renewable Energy Technologies, and One Second after the Big Bang - Prof. Chris Tully
We take a look at different ways to inspire interest in the physics of renewable energy technologies and how to start students on the road to challenge how the world perceives energy use. We look at modest-scale demonstrations involving Solar panels and 1 Farad supercaps, incandescent and CFL lighting, and the spinning of a Coke can with electromagnetic fields to demonstrate the principles used for high efficiency Wind power. The emerging possibility of superconducting technologies is visualized with one of the worlds most unique quantum levitation experiments where a superconducting puck floats over a circular rack track of permanent magnets. Finally, we look at the possibility to detect the oldest relics in the Universe, dating back to over 13 billion years B.C. Using a gigantic, ultra-thin sail made of tritium, radio antennas capable of sensing the motion of single electrons undergoing cyclotron motion, and cryogenic sensors that walk a tightrope between normal and superconducting states, the PTOLEMY (Princeton Tritium Observatory for Light, Early-Universe, Massive-Neutrino Yield) project at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has the potential to challenge one of the most fundamental predictions of the Big Bang and to discover a unique possibility for Dark Matter in the Universe.
Location: McDonnell A02
Date/Time: 05/31/13 at 4:30 pm - 05/31/13 at 5:30 pm
Category: Special Event