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Alice Taylor

Physicist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville

Having completed a PhD at the University of Oxford, Alice Taylor moved to East Tennessee to continue her explorations of weird and wonderful magnetic materials. Her research field, officially termed quantum condensed matter physics, focuses on understanding materials which have unusual, but useful, properties - like magnetism and superconductivity. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow based at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In this post she utilizes the unique facilities available in Oak Ridge to investigate new materials that require quantum mechanics to describe their behavior. In her spare time she loves to try and explain these strange ideas to the general public, and has engaged in many outreach projects to promote physics to kids and adults.

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The Not-So-Secrets of Oak Ridge

BY ALICE TAYLOR
@ VOL 17 ON NOV 12, 2015

“When I tell people what I do, they often say ‘oh, you must not be able to tell us anything about it, it must be top secret’. That is totally not true.”

In The Not-So-Secrets of Oak Ridge from PechaKucha Night Knoxville’s 17th volume, Alice Taylor provides some insight into what physicists are up to at the Lab. Most people in Knoxville know that some sort of science is happening in Oak Ridge, but they often don’t know what it's about and how it might one day impact their lives. She explains how the huge new facility - the Spallation Neutron Source -  helps explain weird materials like ferromagnets and superconductors. We enter the world of quantum mechanics to explain how we investigate the tiny, microscopic electrons which ultimately make a magnet stick to your fridge.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016.

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PAST VOL 17

Knoxville @ Relix Variety Theatre
Nov 12, 2015