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13 March 2013

Sir Nevill Mott Public Lecture presented by Professor Laurence Eaves

Presented By Professor Laurence Eaves

About this event

Despite its small mass, an electron carries a large electric charge. This unique property allows the physicist to manipulate the motion of electrons by applying a magnetic or electric field. This talk will describe how we can use high magnetic fields to levitate solid matter against the force of gravity, thus allowing us to study the dynamics of rapidly-spinning water droplets (relevant to the physics of black holes) and the way in which conditions of zero effective gravity modify the behaviour of living organisms. We will also examine how we can use high fields to image and manipulate the quantum states of bound electrons in semiconductor materials and devices

Professor Laurence Eaves CBE, FRS was born in Pentre, Rhondda, UK in 1948 and was educated at Rhondda County Grammar School, Porth and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he took Firsts in Physics and Mathematics Moderations and in Physics Final Honours. He gained his DPhil at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford, working under the supervision of R A Stradling on the interaction between conduction electrons and phonons in semiconductors at high magnetic fields. Following a Research Lectureship at Christ Church, Oxford (1972–74) and a Miller Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, he was appointed to a Lectureship in Physics at the University of Nottingham, UK in 1976, where he has been a Professor of Physics since 1984. He is now a leading member of the Semiconductor Quantum Nanostructures group at University of Nottingham where their research is being applied to develop novel biocompatible nanocrystals (Small 2009) for applications in life-sciences (J. Material Chemistry 2012) at the University’s Centre for Biomolecular Sciences at Nottingham, with collaborations at universities across the UK, Europe, Russia and Japan. His Research Awards include Advsy Ctee Leverhulme Tst 2008; Guthrie medal and prize Inst of Physics 2001; FInstP 1996, FRS 1997, FLSW 2011

This event is a free public lecture that is being held as part of the National Science and Engineering week. Everyone is welcome, although an understanding of physics principles up to ‘A’ level physics is recommended. No booking or tickets required.

Lecture Room W001 can be found in the Sir David Davies building on the bottom floor; use the outdoor steps from the main road that lead to a square archway, and turn left at the front of the building where you’ll see signs for Lecture room W001. Sir David Davies is on the West Park area of the Loughborough University campus. 

View previous seminars from the Sir Nevill Mott lecture series