Moyal Medallist 2016
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Chair of the Moyal Medal Committee