Student Poster Winners
The poster competition awards outstanding posters created and presented by CUDOS students and provides them with an opportunity to share scholarly work as a visual display, to practice presenting and to interact with colleagues. Posters are judged by world-leading photonics researchers who listen to a one-minute presentations and then visit the presentation sessions to examine the posters in greater depth.
Best one-minute presentation
4,000 year old hippo artefact, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Neuron illustration by Blake Entwistle
“My presentation focused on potential information we could gain by studying ancient glass artefacts and how we can use that information for modern glasses. All exotic glasses corrode, and this is a serious problem in modern optics. When these glasses corrode, the optical properties of the material change and the optical system also changes, which is often undesirable. Because of this corrosion, there are no opportunities for long term and large scale glass infrastructure. Studying really old glass will help us to better understand the methods of deterioration in exotic glass and apply that knowledge to slowing down the rate of deterioration in modern glass”.
"My research focuses on the use of infrared light to stimulate nerve cells. As well as providing a valuable research tool for neuroscience, this technique may have applications in the next generation of neural prostheses.
So why infrared light? Why not optogenetics, which uses visible light (blue and yellow) to control neurons. The key lies in the name – optogentics requires genetic manipulation of cells. More specifically, DNA from other species has to be added into cells to make them respond to visible light. Conversely, infrared laser stimulation does not require any genetic manipulation of cells. ILS instead relies upon absorption of energy from infrared light by the water in cells.
This makes ILS an ideal candidate for neuro-prosthetic devices in humans. These devices would benefit from the increased spatial selectivity of laser stimulation in comparison to the leakage of current from electrical stimulation. Also, cells would not require addition of exogenous genetic material."
Student Poster Competition Winners