The winners of the 2016 EPSRC "Science Photography Competition" have been announced. It was held by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the "UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £800 million a year in a broad range of subjects - from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering." Recipients of funding from EPSRC submit photographs for judging.
This year's top prize titled "Microwave Ion-Trap Chip for Quantum Computation" went to Mrs. Diana Prado Lopes Aude Craik, University of Oxford, for her photo of a gold ion trap. Per the website, it "shows the chip's gold wire-bonds connected to electrodes which transmit electric fields to trap single atomic ions a mere 100 microns above the device's surface." "When electric potentials are applied to the chip's gold electrodes, single atomic ions can be trapped. These ions are used as quantum bits ('qubits'), units which store and process information in a quantum computer. Two energy states of the ions act as the '0' and '1' states of these qubits. Slotted electrodes on the chip deliver microwave radiation to the ions, allowing us to manipulate the stored quantum ..."
The "Gömböc Equation" blob (see below) from 2014 is uber cool. "Meet the Gömböc, the world’s only artificial self-righting shape. Unlike Weebles and inflatable toys, which use a strategically-placed weight to pull them upright, the Gömböc has no energy source. No matter how it’s placed on a flat surface, the Gömböc, borne out of complex mathematical theory, will right itself. The equation defining the Gömböc appears in the background of the photograph "
The website says the contest is in its third year, but I could only find photos for 2014 and 2016. A few examples are included below. All of the thumbnails derived from full-size images on the EPSRC website.
|Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 2016 Science Photography Competition|
|Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 2014 Science Photography Competition|
Posted March 24, 2016