2016 E.W. Guptill Memorial Lecture
"Optoelectronics: Is there anything it cannot do?
Can Optolectronics Provide the Motive Power for Future Vehicles?"
A new scientific principle has produced record-breaking solar cells. The mantra: “A great solar cell has to be a great LED” has now broken all efficiency records. This insight also revolutionizes thermo-photovoltaics, in which the optical glow from a thermal source is converted to electricity. This enables conversion from heat to electricity with 50% efficiency. Such a lightweight “engine” can provide power to electric cars, aerial vehicles, spacecraft, homes and stationary power plants. The heat source can be combustion, radio-activity or solar thermal.
Public Event, Physics Seminars
Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building
6135 University Avenue, Halifax, NS
Free Public Lecture
Reception to follow