Physicist from Stanford holds a practical workshop in Chile with a microscope that folds like origami


Arnold Mathijssen, Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford and current postdoctoral researcher at the Manu Prakash Laboratory, at the School of Bio-Medicine, Stanford University, arrived to Chile on December 10th invited by the Millennium Nucleus Physics of Active Matter to dictate a series of workshops and courses in the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile (FCFM).
One of the highlight activities will be the practical workshop that will dictate on Wednesday, December 19th, at Beauchef 850, at 12:00 p.m., in Room S24, entitled: “The universe in miniature: looking with a foldscope.”
The physicist brought to the country 30 foldscopes, which is a paper instrument equipped with a single lens that costs less than a dollar but allows you to see microorganisms as a conventional instrument. This device, developed by Stanford University researcher Manu Prakash, is characterized by allowing easy and inexpensive observation of the microcosm and that is precisely what Mathijssen intends to demonstrate in this workshop for students of the FCFM.
The workshop has 60 spots available for students of the faculty and those who want to attend must register. Cell phones are allowed to be used and must bring objects that they want to observe such as leaves, insects, etc.

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Mathijssen has focused his research work in statistical mechanics and hydrodynamics to understand the swimming behavior of microscopic organisms in complex fluids. This subject that will be deepened with students of this faculty on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th of December through two courses entitled: “Hydrodynamics of microorganisms and microrobots” to be held between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., in Beauchef 850, Laboratory Matter Out of Balance, Underground Department of Physics. Both activities are in English.