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Attosecond meets Art
Geraldine Cox is an artist in residence at the Imperial College Physics Department in London where she works
in collaboration with scientists. Her work aims to convey the human story, poetry and wonder of the
scientific life and share ideas about what we find in new ways. Please visit
This is how Geraldine describes her project in our attosecond laboratory:
"At Imperial College in London a team of physicists are creating infinitesimally
short pulses of light of great power so that they can probe the dynamics of matter at the smallest scales.
The light pulses are millionths of billionths of a second long and have the power of nearly 200 of the
UK's largest power stations.
Here are two short films about the project. The first tells the story and is structured
in three parts: a quiet narrative beginning and end, with a central crescendo, echoing
the light pulses the team create.
The second is a playful lesson in how the team manipulate and shape these extraordinary light forms.
Thank you to the scientists: Zara Abdelrahman, Davide Fabris, Felix Frank, William Okel, John Tisch and Tobias Witting."