U.Va. Physics Department to Host National Physics Day Show

April 17, 2009 — The University of Virginia's Department of Physics will host its annual National Physics Day Show Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in room 203 of the Physics Building.

Physics professors Olivier Pfister, Cass Sackett, Keith Williams, Stuart Wolf and Mike Timmins will delight the crowd with strange and mystifying demonstrations of the effects of lasers during this free family-oriented event.

When the laser was first invented in 1958, it was immediately considered a "solution waiting for a problem." Since then, lasers have proven to be valuable for many purposes and have become ubiquitous in modern electronics devices, from simple pointing instruments to CD and DVD players. Lasers also are useful for many types of research, and the U.Va. team will intriguingly show you how and why. Bring your family and friends, and come on time. The show starts promptly.

For information, call 924-3782 or email eko5r@virginia.edu.

Parking is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage or, after 5 p.m., in the football stadium parking lots.

— By Fariss Samarrai