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There and back again: Adventures with atoms, electrons and light

Richard Blaikie IPLThe Inaugural Professorial Lecture from Professor Richard Blaikie, Department of Physics.

Starting with an Otago physics degree and a naive view of the world, I have had an amazing set of scientific adventures chasing atoms, electrons and optics around the globe. The quest has always been to try to understand the ultimate limits of technologies that use these building blocks of our physical world: from single-electron memories to ‘perfect’ lenses that can inscribe patterns at close to atomic scales using a beam of light. This lecture will describe a journey that has led back to an Otago physics professorship and the privilege to keep exploring small-scale science, with an emphasis on the big-hearted and generous people that have helped along the way.

Professor Blaikie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Enterprise, and Professor of Physics at the University of Otago. He received his BSc(Hons) degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1988 and his PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, in 1992. For one year, he was a visiting scientist at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory investigating single-electron transport effects in semiconductor nanostructures. He returned to New Zealand in 1993 to take up a position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury, prior to moving to his current role at Otago.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Blaikie oversees all of the research and commercialisation activities of the University.

Date Thursday, 17 August 2017
Time 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Public Lecture
Inaugural Professorial Lecture
CampusDunedin
DepartmentPhysics
LocationArchway 4 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East, Dunedin
CostFree
Contact NameJenny Leyden
Contact Phone64 3 479 7534
Contact Emailjenny.leyden@otago.ac.nz

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