Exciting new developments are taking place in graphic arts technology and printing applications.
The digital revolution initiated a whole range of new ways of reproducing and displaying images and information: physics is involved in forming and measuring the image and how it is perceived.
Inkjet and other printing and deposition processes are being used in many novel applications such as visual displays, flexible electronics, smart packaging, lighting and photovoltaics based on organic and polymer electro-optic materials.
Physicists are actively involved in developing the processes, designing and characterising the products, and developing the new materials.
The UK has a world-leading position in these technologies, and the Printing and Graphics Science Group promotes the application of physics in these fields.
We will bring together scientists working in industry, academy and elsewhere, and develop links with other active professional societies, such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Institute of Paper, Printing and Publishing, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Photographic Society and the Colour Group.
Research in our areas is multi-disciplinary, often carried out in departments not called “physics”, by scientists whose original discipline is often not physics.
Our activities include this wider community, wherever physics is being developed and brought to bear.
The PGS Group is affiliated to the Applied Physics and Technology Division of the Institute of Physics.
We participate in the Division Conference, as well as maximising the opportunities for joint meetings with other Groups.
The PGS Group is a relaunch and renaming of the Printing, Packaging and Papermaking (PPP) Group, which was formed in 1985 to promote physics in these subject areas.
We maintain an interest in the manufacture and properties of paper as a key substrate for printing, and in the physics of packaging.
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