'Brilliance' competition winners announced
The Optoelectronics Research Centre's annual Brilliance of Light art and photography competition winners were announced at a special reception held on Tuesday 21st November, the international 'Day-of-Photonics', organised by the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) to mark the anniversary of the date that the General Conference of Weights And Measures adopted the value of 299,792.458 km/s for the speed of light.
The ORC's 'Brilliance' competition celebrates the beautiful, novel and sometimes whimsical side of the technological advances and discoveries that our research brings. Hosted by Professor Sir David Payne in the £120 million Mountbatten facility, the event was well attended with the many entries inspiring an engaging series of debates on the merits of each and the research behind the images.
This year's winning entries saw joint first prize awards go to 'Seeing Einstein in a New Light' by Aabid Patel and Rokas Drevinskas, and 'Cut-away of a Hollow Core – Photonic BandGap Fibre', by Dr Gregory Jasion.
Second prize was awarded for 'Rainbow on a chip: tasting molecular cocktails' by Alina Karabchevsky and Stuart Pearce.
Our thanks to everyone who participated and helped to create greater awareness of the amazing opportunities for technological advancement that photonics research brings to our world. We will be publishing more on the work behind these fascinating images as we go into 2015, the International Year of Light.