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Talk The acoustic bubble: climate change, spaceships, dolphins, and the antibiotic apocalypse

The acoustic bubble: climate change, spaceships, dolphins, and the antibiotic apocalypse

Bubble rings. Credit: Professor Timothy Leighton FREng FRS

Synopsis

Clifford Paterson Lecture 2018 given by Professor Timothy Leighton FREng FRS

Gas bubbles submerged in liquids are powerful sources and scatterers of sound fields. These effects are used to count bubbles; for example, the sound emitted by bubbles by the breaking waves of the ocean helps track atmospheric carbon transfer between the ocean and the air. Sound can also track methane released from the seabed into the atmosphere.

In this talk, Professor Timothy Leighton discusses how these methods are implemented, and can further be used to predict sounds of liquid methane lakes on Titan, returning to Earth to explore the interaction between sound and bubbles used by whales and dolphins. Professor Leighton also looks at the potentials of bubbles and acoustics to combat infections in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

The lecture will be webcast live and the video recording will be available shortly after the event.

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Event details

Wed 5 Sep 2018, 6:30pm

Live subtitling by Stagetext

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Venue details

Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AG

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