Solar Concentration in Physics & Craft


This research explores solar concentration for scientific and craft purposes. The two key goals are to improve the efficiency of a solid state Nd:YAG solar laser through making custom Compound Parabolic Concentrators (CPCs), and to explore the potential of solar concentration within craft. 

This research enables Karen to apply her skills to renewable energy and scientific problems, allowing her to gain a unique perspective to her source of creative ideas and making.


Karen is conducting her research at the University of Dundee and is funded by EPSRC.

The video is a recording of a research exhibition on 'Solar Concentration in Physics & Craft' by Karen Westland, in Nov 2019.

Solar lasers use sunlight to generate energy and are a novel form of renewable energy. Karen has responded to the laser science through collage to closely interact with new concepts such as TEM modes.