Edinburgh International Science Festival – Atomic Architects

The QPL team recently took part in Heriot-Watt’s Family Fun Day as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival with their ‘Atomic Architects’ exhibit.  Visitors (and there were many!) got to have a go at trying to peel off single layers of atoms before viewing their efforts under the microscope.  There was also a large spinning perspex model demonstrating the Moire patterns that can be seen when one layer of atoms is rotated relative to another layer which proved to be quite hypnotic and the most popular activity at the exhibit for the younger visitors was the thin film interference activity where they could have a go at viewing the different colours in the soapy water bubble!

A great day was had by all!