Friday 23. January 2009

A split second

Ólafur Jens Sigurðsson will be our guest Friday the 23rd of January during the next Lunch lecture. Ólafur teaches physics and mathematics at the preparatory program for university entrance at the University Centre of the Westfjords.


Throughout the history of mankind, people have been interested in measuring time. In modern time, we do so with a device called the atomic clock. This lecture will describe the way such a clock works, what problems arise when such a clock is built, and plans to improve these clocks. Finally, Ólafur will discuss his master's thesis, about laser cooling of magnesium atoms.


The talk will start at 12.10 in the University Centres cafeteria and is open to the public. The talk will be given in Icelandic. Further information is available on our Icelandic site.