From heliographs to the Internet: celebrating Light

Fibreoptic laser fingers

Fibreoptic laser fingers

International Year of Light 2015

International Year of Light 2015

The October talk will be given by Matthew Posner, University of Southampton, who will be talking about his research in optoelectronics.

2015 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Light. Matthew’s talk will explore how light is used to bring us the internet that we know today and discuss the potential challenges that threaten to put us consumers at risk. Join us on an exciting journey through the advances of light-based technologies.

Matthew Posner is a PhD research student at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton. During his work in research centres and industry in Britain, France and China, he became interested in electromagnetic theory as applied to telecommunications and nanofabrication in electronics.

The numerous crossovers between the fields of optics and electronics led him to embark on a postgraduate degree; his current area of research is the development of integrated optics for communications and quantum technology.

Matthew is the director of the University’s Lightwave Outreach programme for which he coordinates photonics and optoelectronics workshops for children aged 5 to 18 across the South of England. It was in this role that he was invited to attend the International Year of Light Opening Ceremony.

Matthew is also an award winning 2015 RHS “scientific garden designer” and enjoys cycling in his spare time.

What is the International Year of Light?

International Year of Light Opening Ceremony: words from the students

Clifford Patterson Lecture: Communicating with Light, Polina Bayvel, FRS