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  • October 22, 2017
    Wine gums, balloons and a tour of CALA

    team — Open Day this year drew a crowd of approximately 11,000 to the Research Campus in Garching, and for the first time visitors had access to the new Centre for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA). On guided tours of the new facility, CALA’s guests were informed about the experiments that will be carried out at the Center, and were treated to a mesmerizing laser light show.Visitors also took part in an aeronautical experiment, releasing a host of balloons from a take-off point in front of the building. The person who launched the ‘farthest flier’ can look forward to free tickets for the German Museum. Colour was also the order of the day at the Institute for Advanced Studies. In the space set aside for exhibitions, two dedicated members of Photonlab (our laser laboratory for school students) had painstakingly constructed a wave generator, using the unlikely combination of sticky tape, kebab skewers and – jellybabies. This inventive masterpiece was a particularly big hit with our youngest visitors. Needless to say, not all the jellybeans survived!