Where there is light, there is shadow

The EPSRC Science Photo Competition 2015 is an event for all EPSRC supported researchers and EPSRC supported doctoral students to share their research using images.

Now in its 3rd year, the competition was launched on 28 September 2015 and invited participants to submit images that would demonstrate research in action.

The EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision is pleased to announce that Jon Parkins, PhD researcher at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, won the photo competition in the Innovation category.

Jon’s winning photo where there is light, there is shadow is shown below. Jon said:

“The image shows engineering PhD student Karen Yu working on the ultra-precise ultrafast laser system developed by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision. Extremely small, well controlled features can be created using ultrafast light pulses. These light pulses occur on a timescale faster than heat can pass between the atoms of the material, resulting in very little heat damage to the surrounding areas.

In this image, a piece of glass is being processed with a high power ultrafast laser. This causes very bright plasma to form. The glass block channels the light through its sides resulting in a bright white glow emanating from the processing area which casts shadows around the room.

This image was captured in the labs at the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge using a Canon 70D. Photoshop was used to adjust brightness and contrast.”

Congratulations Jon!

Categories for photographs were:

  • People – Images of people working as part of a research team, taking part in or affected by the research being undertaken
  • Weird and wonderful – Unusual, eye-catching and bizarre images arising from research
  • Eureka – Images that reflect new discoveries and understanding arising from research and the processes involved in achieving them
  • Innovation – Images of research that have inspired innovation or are related to commercial breakthroughs
  • Equipment – Images of the equipment, facilities and tools used in your research
Jon's winning photograph: where there is light, there is shadow