July Lectures in Physics 2017 - Prof David Jamieson

Methods for reaching extremely high speeds: what are the prospects for fast trips to the stars?

The stars are very far away and most rockets are very slow by comparison. Yet particle accelerators on Earth, including one of the earliest machines built in Melbourne, can routinely accelerate particles to exceptionally high speeds. This lecture looks at the technology of high speed travel, the energy budget and the effects of relativity.

This event was held Friday 7 July 2017 at the University of Melbourne