Magnetricity at Cheltenham Science Festival
11 Jun 2010




ISIS presence was felt at the Cheltenham Science Festival yesterday, with Professor Steve Bramwell pulling in a crowd for his talk on ‘Magnetic Electricity’.

Professor Steve Bramwell gave his talk at the Cheltenham Science Festival on Thursday June 10th. Credit to Cheltenham Science Festival.

Professor Bramwell (UCL) was invited to present his work on ‘Magnetricity’, the result of a collaborative study with Dr Sean Giblin (ISIS) last year. The findings are a development on Paul Dirac’s 1931 hypothesis that magnetic poles can exist independently of one another and behave like electric charges, and the first to make use of the magnetic monopoles that exist in crystals known as spin ice.

Delivered in the Crucible theatre to an audience of around 200 people, Professor Bramwell first explained the science and history behind magnetism and electricity, before divulging how new studies are moving towards exciting future possibilities for ‘magnetricity’

He was joined onstage by Festival Director Mark Lythgoe, who led questions from the audience.

The presentation was well received with many of the audience inspired to such an extent that an informal discussion followed the event in The Times café. Many festival goers joined Steve to continue exploring Magnetricity and its potential applications.

The Cheltenham Science Festival was launched in 2002 and hosts a number of varied talks, presentations and exhibitions in its 5 day run. ISIS are sponsors of this years’ event, which runs until Sunday June 13th.

Cheltenham Science Festival

STFC’s Central Laser Facility is also present at the event, celebrating 50 years of the laser. Dr Kate Lancaster will give a talk on Sunday on laser developments and applications during this time, as well as a team hosting an interactive stand for all visitors.

STFC involvement