When Laser Pulses meet the Physics of Superconductivity and #TrueColour3D of image re-visualisations @NaturePhysics @CERN

17 05 10 Laser.jpgThe article Laser Pulses reveal the superconductors of the future in Nature Physics carries an attractive cover image.

Re-visualised in True Colour 3D, it looks like this:

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or, as our re-visualisation is a ‘movable object’ of ‘Digital Colour Brightness‘ – the numerical representation of the image.

When put into ‘software light’, and numerical values ‘attenuated’ it can be made to look like this:

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What is the insight gained?

  • Superconductivity is the ‘physical phenomenon’ investigated;
  • Laser pulses are the ‘light activity’ translated into digits by the technology that captured the image;
  • ‘True Colour 3D’ makes the pulses visible as a landscape of mountains and valleys.

Once upon a time, I diagnosed software at CERN. Having re-visited mathematics through the eyes of a mature programmer, this Einstein quote comes to mind:

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And we need to ask ourselves:

  • what do we see?
  • what do we think we see?
  • do we want physical realities to fit our mathematical models?
  • what can we conclude about laser pulses when we see them with more depth, detail and structure in ‘reality 3D‘?


About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is www.smartknowledge.space
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