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Harry's Heroes: Hanbury Brown, Twiss and the experiment that shook physics

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Nicholson Museum

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Camperdown, NSW 2006

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A Macleay Museum talk at the Nicholson: join us for the free public lecture Harry's Heroes: Hanbury Brown, Twiss and the experiment that shook physics from photons to stars by Professor Peter Tuthill.

The 1960's ushered in a belle epoch for Sydney's School of Physics. Brokered by the indomitable Harry Messel, an experiment took shape at the unlikely rural backwater of Narrabri, NSW. At stake was the ultimate nature of light, with many of the world's most eminent Quantum physicists flatly declaring that the experiment could not work. The surprising answers bridged the micro-scale physics of photons and the light years to the stars, forming the genesis of an entirely new field.

Peter Tuthill, Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, will talk on this remarkable period and the enterprising and inspiring thinkers behind the experiments and how it got us all to today's Quantum optics.

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