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Video blog: How light is used in research

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The Institute of Physics in Scotland, together with the SINAPSE, SUPA and SULSA research pools, held a competition asking academics and postgraduate students to send in videos explaining how light is used their research.

It was fascinating to see the breadth of light-based research, and the different ways to describe it. It was also interesting to see how physics is used in other fields such as medicine, biological sciences and chemistry.

Here are some of the videos.

The eye as a window to the brain

James Cameron is an eye doctor, and expert in the use of eye imaging equipment as part of research into brain diseases like multiple sclerosis and dementia. In this video, he briefly explains optical coherence tomography, a revolutionary new eye scanner that he is using in his PhD research.

 

 

The importance of light in fighting waterborne pathogens

Melanie Jimenez’s video describes the importance of light for developing new tools capable of monitoring the presence of small and harmful parasites in potable water. The ultimate goal is to provide a safer supply of water in the UK and worldwide.

 

 

Helping to study what’s going wrong in multiple sclerosis

Tim Morgan describes how his research uses light (in the form of gamma radiation) to better understand the S1P5 receptor and its role in demyelination – a process found in conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

 

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Mat Wasley

Mat Wasley

Mat is knowledge exchange coordinator for the Scottish University’s Physics Alliance, and treasurer for IOP Scotland. He graduated in physics from the University of Bath and started his career in the Defence Research Agency (now QinetiQ), moving from applied research to project management and business development. Following roles in the Defence Diversification Agency and the University of Birmingham, Mat moved to Scotland and joined SUPA in 2010. In 2015 Mat helped coordinate International Year of Light activity across Scotland and was delighted to emulate the role of Phil Collins in Live Aid by taking the Maxwell Torch from LightFest in Birmingham to Explorathon in Glasgow in single day.
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