Interacting with Light

October 25, 2020, 2:00 pm

3:00 pm

We will introduce cool optical concepts such as refraction, diffraction, and fiber optics through demos and activities that our student volunteers will perform virtually with the audience. These physics phenomena will help us answer questions such as: Why is spear fishing so hard? Why is the internet so fast? Can you look at microscopic objects without using a microscope? We will discuss and demonstrate how to measure the width of a human hair without using a microscope by leveraging the diffraction of light. The audience will have a chance to participate and interact with the demonstrators throughout the activities.


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The Stanford Optical Society is a student-run organization at Stanford University interested in the promotion of optical science and technology. We collaborate with the Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE to provide exciting educational, networking, and community outreach activities.