Geoscientists in Oman pay tributes to Nobel laureate.
Barka: The event 'Crystals, Forbidden Symmetries and
Quasi-Crystals' was held at the Qurum Oil and Gas Exhibition
Centre, to coincide with the centenary of the Nobel Prize winning
physicist Max von Laue. The German University of Technology in Oman
(GUtech) the Geological Society of Oman (GSO) paid tributes to Von Laue
for his revolutionary work on crystals. The seminar also marked Unesco
observance of Year 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography.
The samples of the crystals were presented at the Oil and Gas Exhibition
Centre, and are now displayed at the GUtech campus. The seminar and
lectures were coordinated by Prof Michaela Bernecker (Department of
Applied Geoscience, GUtech) and Prof Florian Rupp (Department of
Mathematics and Science, GUtech) with support from GSO committee. Prof
Florian demonstrated the scientific objectives in crystallography
studies that significantly contributed to today's understanding of
crystalline formation. Prof Michaela further elaborated on the presence
of connectivity between crystallography and oil and gas. GUtech Applied
Geosciences (AGEO) students presented talks on Mineral Symmetries,
Symmetries of Quasi Crystals, Crystals under the Microscope and Optical
Properties of Crystals. The seminar featured the centre-piece of the
exhibition, a commonly found mineral in a variety of geological
formations known as pyrite. It also demonstrated various crystals and
quasi-crystals. The crystal samples displayed at the seminar received
great interest from the viewers. Other than the education of
crystallography to the young generation, the Department of Applied
Geosciences is working with GSO on a network that will provide a wider
understanding of the geology of Oman and its protection.
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