Over 350 people attended the event. From the 280 who signed in, we found 7 physics professors, 19 physics students, 66 who identified as UCLA students, 7 from the Art Deptartment, 32 8th grade physical science students from Paul Revere, 22 honor students and 8 parents and teachers from Cals Early College High School, 5 other high schoolers, 10 other middle schoolers, 5 elementary schoolers, 6 from the Boy Scouts and 6 from the Cub scouts. The rest were from other universities or undetermined.
John and Craig smooth the bed of coals.
David measures the temperature with an infrared thermometer that goes up to 900 degrees F. It went up off the scale, above 900 degrees. It was hot.
After walking across the coals, Walter explains the physics behind it.
Pierre walks across the coals.
Marvin walks across the coals into the pan of water at the end.
The audience is astounded at the foolishness they see.
One of Harry's two handmade fire barrels.
11 people walked across the coals and survived with minor burns. Some audience members wanted to walk and were disappointed to learn that only faculty and staff could walk.
Fights almost broke out over Pluto.
Shadows on the phosphorescent wall. People also enjoyed writing on the wall with LED's. They quickly found that the red and green LED's didn't work for writing. They needed to excite the phosphor with a blue LED, higher in frequency than the green phosphor emission.
Total internal reflection in various plastic light pipes.
Laser light inside a water stream, showing total internal reflection.
Water stream with light bouncing inside hits a hand.
The light portal was really a 3-Dimensional illusion. You can only get some idea of what it was like to walk through it from this 2-D picture.
Black light tent.
A stereo viewer sculpture by Franklin Londin held 3-D images of Tesla coils and skulls.
Art wears electroluminescent (el) wire. El spider.
More images and video to come. If you have good images or video, please send them or contact me at msimon at physics.ucla.edu
Day of the Dead 3-D Teslathon
Friday November 2, 2007 6:30 -- 9 pm
UCLA Knudsen Hall Outdoor Patio 2-222
Light sabers, costumes, day glo, light art encouraged
Complete Schedule of Events
The best parking lot is Lot 2 at Hilgard and Westholme. Parking in the lot costs $8. There are new metered spaces in Lot 2. There is metered parking along Charles Young Dr. near the parking kiosk at $0.25 per 15 minutes with a 2 hour max. Bring quarters.
Here is a clickable map. Click on Knudsen Hall or inverted fountain. There will probably be signs pointing the way.