Ep15: A Million Billion Photographs - Jasmine Rivett (Bonus Episode)

Image credit: Hannah Stern

Image credit: Hannah Stern

Physicist Jasmine Rivett researches a new type of solar cell, by studying how they work with a super fast laser system.

If we just use our eyes, ears … then we miss out on so much of the world. There’s so much more than what a human can see and hear
— Jasmine Rivett

Jasmine's research aims to understand the underlying physical mechanisms of a particular type of solar cell, made from a type of material called a perovskite.

Cheap manufacturing cost and relatively high efficiencies, mean perovskites are seen as an attractive alternative to silicon solar cells (as found in current solar panels). However before that's possible, much research is required to understand precisely how the materials work.

This bonus episode was co-produced with Hannah Stern, and recorded in partnership with Cavendish inspiring Women, a group based at the University of Cambridge who aim to raise the visibility of women working in physics. It forms part of a series of short interviews profiling scientists and the research they do.