Moyal Medallist 2016

Moyal Medallist 2016

Moyal MedalSir Michael Berry  

The 2016 Moyal Medallist is Professor Sir Michael Berry, from the HH Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, UK. 
Sir Michael Berry will deliver the 2016 Moyal Lecture on

Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 7:00pm

Macquarie University: AHH Lecture Theatre level 1.200 access via level 1 of the Australian Hearing Hub building, 16 University Ave Macquarie University

How to get there See T14 on campus map.
Parking:- fees apply for casual parking (coins and credit cards accepted W4, X3 and X4 car parks are designated for casual parking)

Title:  Nature’s optics and our understanding of light


Optical phenomena visible to everyone have been central to the development of, and abundantly illustrate, important concepts in science and mathematics. The phenomena considered include rainbows, sparkling reflections on water, mirages, green flashes, earthlight on the moon, glories, daylight, crystals, and the squint moon. The concepts include refraction, caustics (focal singularities of ray optics), wave interference, numerical experiments, mathematical asymptotics, dispersion, complex angular momentum (Regge poles), polarization singularities, Hamilton’s conical intersections of eigenvalues (‘Dirac points’), geometric phases, and visual illusions.

The talk is followed by a complimentary light supper outside the theatre in the foyer of level 1. All are welcome. 
For more information, please contact Maths Dept Administrator, Christine Hale (

John Corbett
Chair of the Moyal Medal Committee

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