Rare earths

Dr Leah Alconcel’s lasers


Dr Leah Alconcel’s Lasers: Missions to Jupiter, space junk and the future of communications 

Spacecraft engineer Dr Leah Alconcel joins Dr Anna to tell her about the one item she can’t live without - her lasers. 
From sending spacecraft to Saturn to the possibility of being able to watch TikTok in outer space, Dr Leah shares the critical role that lasers have in her life. We’re joined again by our Chief Scientist Nigel Steward, who reveals how lasers are in fact a fundamental part of everyone’s daily lives and the role of the very small but powerful metals called rare earths which ironically (and thankfully) are not that rare. 

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