Find out which was the most viewed post on the blog during IYL 2015.
5 – Six reasons why Photonics and Optics are important for the future! by Abhijeet Phatak (2,837 views)
Our modern day electronic devices are based on transistors and other semiconductor devices. Moore’s law has proved to be nearly accurate as we develop better and smaller circuits having more number of transistors per square inch. However, there will be a time maybe after two decades (as predicted by Moore himself) where we may not be able to make any further development with the integrated circuit based devices.
4 – Revealing your secret superpower – How you can see polarized light by looking for “Haidinger’s brush” by Matin Durrani (3,508 views)
With the International Year of Light now in full swing, there’s been a lot of talk on this blog about how light is useful for everything from medicine and the arts to technology and astronomy. But what I want to tell you about is an astonishing – and largely unknown – light-based superpower that you perhaps don’t even realize that you have. It may sound bizarre, but using the naked eye – and with no additional gadgets whatsoever – you can detect whether or not light is “polarized”. And in the video below, my colleague Louise Mayor, who’s features editor of Physics World magazine, shows you how.
3 – Help measure how the night sky is changing by Christopher Kyba (5,987 views)
On March 14 and September 12 2015, you can join thousands of people around the world in measuring how bright the night sky is where you live. The results from this experiment will help scientists to understand how the night sky is changing over time, as cities switch to LED street lighting. All you need is a place that’s not too close to any street lamps where you have a view of a good portion of the night sky, and clear skies on that night.
2 – Graphene: Miracle Material by Abel Gil Villalba (6,032 views)
Since its isolation in 2004, graphene and related materials have attracted tremendous attention for being the base for next generation technologies. We have read in journals and newspaper and heard on the news that this new material will change our world.
1- In a Blaze of Brilliance — How Light’s Speed was Finally Clocked by Bruce Watson (7,464 views)
Late in his career, when he had won the Nobel Prize for Physics and had clocked light’s speed with an accuracy no one had thought possible, the American physicist Albert Michelson was asked why he studied light. Michelson did not hesitate. “Because it’s so much fun,” he said.