Highland Road Park Observatory

NANO DAYS

Saturday, 5 April from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Free and for all ages.

For the fifth consecutive year at HRPO, big things in the Universe take a backseat to all things tiny. Dr. Juana Moreno and her colleagues return for another celebration of nanotechnology!

When reduced to the width of a human hair or smaller, ordinary materials often take on extraordinary properties. The iridescent colors in butterfly wings are not created by pigments but instead by tiny patterns on the wings. Tinted glass in old cathedrals was made by mixing different sizes of gold particles to create a wide variety of colors. We are just beginning to understand these fascinating phenomena and their potential uses in everyday life. Nanotechnology promises advanced information processing and storage, new medical treatments and much more.

NanoDays will feature several hands-on activities for children of all ages. Visitors will be able to see how big they are compared to nanoscale objects, understand how a Scanning Probe Microscope allows scientists to explore the nanoworld, experience the effect of reducing the size of regular objects by trying to pour water out of a nano-cup, and learn about nanomaterials used in the manufacture of stain-free clothes. Children and adults will also have a chance to build models of nanoscale structures, play with liquid crystals and make some fluids magically part in the middle by applying magnets to them.

Sponsors of NanoDays include LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, LSU’s Department of Chemistry, the Society of Physics Students, and the Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, March 07, 2014 10:12:16 AM.