Science is such a broadly faceted field that it can often be difficult to distinguish what it encompasses. The annual AIP physics lecture is an event which contextualises physics and allows physicists to share exactly what it is they are doing with their skills. Since classroom physics is focussed on the foundations of physics and good scientific practice, lectures such as these can pull all those pieces together and display how certain concepts are allowing us to discover new things and create a better future.
Dr Pegah Maasoumi was this year’s speaker, and she explored where her PhD in Organic Light Emitting Devices has taken her. Chiefly, her research has helped see a proliferation in OLED technology in applications such as TVs, phones, lights, and solar panels. We learnt of the relative simplicity of OLED screens as opposed to LCDs, and how using these OLED ‘pixels’ in reverse could allow for flexible and effective new solar panel technology. Most surprising was the research into transparent lights and solar panels, which could revolutionise the humble window.
Physics is more than just explaining what we see. It has implications that stretch far into numerous areas of technology, research and medicine. This year’s lecture was invaluable in learning just how diverse and interesting physics can be.
Daniel Roy, Year 12
The Australian Institute of Physics Youth Lecture on Friday the 23 August was an amazing lecture and gave me insight into a future career of being a Physicist. Dr Pegah Maasoumi talked about her postdoctoral research at the ARC Centre of Science. She works with organic LEDs and organic solar panels, and it was very interesting to learn about the future of these technologies. She gave us insight into the journey of technology from development through to public use. As she did her PhD at the University of Queensland, it showed us that any of us could use the same state of art facilities that she utilised in her PhD if we go to UQ. It was an inspiring talk and taught me many things I did not know about being a research scientist.
Matthew Sloman, Year 10