March 2017 Winter Lecture Series with Dr. Joe ShawPosted on March 11th, 2017 No commentsJoin SMAS at 7:00 p.m. on Friday March 31st at the Commons for the next installment of the Winter Lecture Series when we host Dr. Joseph Shaw, professor at Montana State University and Director of the Optical Technology Center for a free talk. His new book, Optics in the Air, recently published, will be the focus of this talk.
The world around us is full of beautiful and interesting displays of light and color, ranging from the colors of the sky and rainbows to the swirling Aurora Borealis. Many of these optical phenomena can be seen from an airplane, and some are best viewed while airborne. This talk is an introduction to optical phenomena in the natural world, primarily in the atmosphere and seen from an airplane (“in the air”). We will follow a simple approach that can be understood and enjoyed by all levels of scientific training.