Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hey Laser: Happy Birthday!

To help celebrate the laser’s fiftieth anniversary (hard to believe the laser is only 50 years young) the American Physical Society’s (APS) outreach department is holding a video contest with a $1,000 grand prize for the winning video. Each video is around 2 minutes in length and somehow uses lasers to demonstrate physics concepts. The contest is open to anyone who wants to participate. Entrants range from elementary school students to national laboratories.

To view the submissions, just go to Youtube and use the search term “Laserfest”. Starting May 24, 2010 you can place your votes for the best video. The winners will be announced on May 31.

Have some fun and place you vote at - Many of the videos are quite entertaining and educational, good for the entire family.

[Inset video is a sample submission. I chose this one because it demonstrates the concept of interference which is very pertinent to my area of research, gravitational wave detectors. If you like Sinatra, you'll enjoy this video!]

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