Guest lecturer: Sir Michael Berry

Nature’s optics and our understanding of light

Sir Michael Berry
University of Bristol

December 12th, 2018 at 4 pm
BME, K134

Abstract: Optical phenomena visible to everyone abundantly illustrate important ideas in science and mathematics. The phenomena considered include rainbows, sparkling reflections on water, green flashes, earthlight on the moon, glories, daylight, crystals, and the squint moon. The concepts include refraction, wave interference, numerical experiments, asymptotics, Regge poles, polarization singularities, conical intersections, and visual illusions.