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Physics Alumni Day

On Saturday October 24th, the Leiden Institute of Physics organizes an alumni day for all former students and employees. The participants will hear about the latest discoveries and research developments and get back in touch with familiar faces. The schedule is filled with lectures on cell dynamics, microspectroscopy, mechanical metamaterial behavior and applications of astronomy techniques for the food industry. In between, there is plenty of time for socializing during an extensive lunch and the closing reception. Provided that there are enough participants, shuttle buses will run from train station Leiden Central around 10am. At the bottom of this text you will find information on how to sign up.


10:30 - 11:30 Walk-in
11:30 - 11:40 Welcome by Scientific Director Prof. Eric Eliel
11:45 - 12:30 Lecture: Topological Mechanical Metamaterials
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 Lecture: Guiding Cells Towards Regeneration
14:45 - 15:30 Lecture: Microspectroscopy of Single Molecules and Single Gold Nanoparticles
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:45 Lecture: Interaction between Fundamental and Applied Research
17:00 - 19:00 Reception

Lecture Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Vitelli: Topological Mechanical Metamaterials

One of the challenges of modern material science is to create artificial structures whose unconventional mechanical response can be programmed by suitable design of their geometry or topology. Such structures termed mechanical metamaterials can fold in controlled ways or direct sound propagation. In this talk, we discuss metamaterials that exploit topologically protected mechanical states, which that could be used as building blocks for molecular robotics or information storage and read-out. The topological design rules we adopt will be brought to your fingertips using live demonstrations with macroscopic prototypes based on origami-like and cellular structures.

Lecture Dr. Doris Heinrich: Guiding Cells Towards Regeneration

Our insight into cellular behaviour is advanced by profound understanding of cytoskeleton dynamics and cellular response to external cues. The very survival of many cell types in the human body depends upon their perpetual active motions, which require internal structural changes. Control of cell functions will find wide applications in novel diagnostic assays and in regenerative medicine.

Lecture Prof. Dr. Michel Orrit: Microspectroscopy of Single Molecules and Single Gold Nanoparticles

The optical isolation of single gold nanoparticles leads to their spectroscopic study on a single-particle basis and, through their plasmonic properties, to the study of their direct surroundings. This general idea will be illustrated with some recent experiments from our laboratory.

Lecture Prof. Dr. Marco Beijersbergen: Interaction between Fundamental and Applied Research: Astronomy technology in the food industry

After studying physics and obtaining his PhD at Leiden University, Marco Beijersbergen founded a company for developing custom-made measurement systems—Cosine Measurement Systems. These systems have applications for astronomy and other science projects, but also for practical problems on earth.

Practical Information

Huygens Laboratorium / Oort building, Niels Bohrweg 2 Leiden (directions)

Sign Up
You can sign up until October 15th by filling out the form at the bottom of this link. We ask you to transfer €10,- to Universiteit Leiden at NL78RABO0102468869 citing SAP2008502041, as confirmation of your participation.

Publ. 01-10-2015 13:43
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