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AWE has supported several events during National Science Week at local schools.
The pupils from Fairfield Primary School, in Basingstoke, were thoroughly impressed with the demonstration of a Coherent Fibre Bundle which has some similarity to a periscope on a submarine, but is flexible enough to see round corners without the aid of mirrors.
The more fibres there are, the more detailed picture that is possible. A good quality coherent bundle will have typically many tens of thousands of fibres packed into a diameter of only a few millimetres.
The area of science that uses optic fibre bundles is photonics – this is the study of light or photons. The coherent fibre bundle has many uses, but at AWE it is mainly used where light images from diagnostic experiments can be relayed to a safe location for real time observation and analysis by the experimenter.
This experiment has been run at other schools, and always seems to be popular. Most recently, it was demonstrated at North Waltham Primary School and Ashford Hill Primary School.
AWE’s Dr Graham Smith, Principal Scientist, who ran the experiment, said: “I hope our demonstration will inspire pupils to become even more involved in science and question advances made and how they might play a part in that if they chose to”.
“The school’s liaison activity was again a very rewarding experience and our interactive exhibit proved very popular and highly educational for the pupils”.
Caption: AWE’s Dr Graham Smith, Principal Scientist, with pupils from Fairfield Primary School
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