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Welcome to my web page! To see my CV, scroll down the page.

Sleek design lights  (Please click on the image)

Founded Plum Science Co., Ltd. in 2013.

Revolutionary design lights!

On sale in Europe, Australia, Korea, China, Japan

Scientific stories for children, published 2023:

Magnetic snails´╝ü

Maggie and Magnus the Magnetic Snails

Maggie and Magnus and the Bandit Snails

My university affiliations:

1. Osaka University: Guest Professor
Graduate School of Engineering, Quantum Measurement & Instrumentation Lab
2. Hokkaido University: Professor

Mitigating Global Heating   (Physics World, May 2007)

Astronomical rhymes:
The fifth giant
The centre of the Earth
Love on the Milky Way
The gourmet space tour
Cosmic cocktails
Moon love
The rice ball
Who bit the Moon?
Vegetable planets
Green Martians blue Martians
The secret colony
Beware of black holes
Concrete comets
Moon flowers
The space-junk crabs
Callisto capriccioso
Oceans of Europa
Empty time in empty space
Spiders in spacesuits
Disposal on a neutron star
Asteroid Olympics
Planetary royalty
Planet of the dwarves
Neptune City
Conquistadors of Venus
A tour of Mercury
Love on Enceladus
Romping in the rings
Death of the galaxy
Odd planets
Inside the Sun
Marble Moon
Flat Moon
Which cheese for the Moon?
The blue menace
A lot of Moons
A Moon of rubber or a Moon of gold
Boating on Titan
Marooned on Io
Sulphurous salvation
A slice of the Moon
The big hot splash
Ballooning on Jupiter
Dusty goblins
Tugging the Moon
Geometrical Moon
The Moon dragon's dream
Playing with the planets
Moon fruits
Creatures in the moonlight
Chocolate planets
Skiing in the glare
Give us the Moon
Bruised Moon
My Moon
Purple Moon
Moonlit snow

Contemporary art. The Slurgs:
Here are the Slurgs. Beware!

Oliver's Park (a long time ago):
Here are some of the wildlife that are in the park.

Brief Curriculum Vitae

Click to see Prof. Wright in a stone lantern.

Oliver Bernard Wright

O. B. Wright initially specialized in low-temperature solid-state physics. During his PhD course, he published a detailed account of the thermoelastic effect in glasses at low temperatures — a modern version of a rubber band experiment in which the temperature change of the band is monitored while stretching it.

During his time in industry he focused on applying optics to sensor physics, with a particular specialization in using ultrashort optical pulses to generate and detect picosecond acoustic phonon pulses in thin films and multilayers. He developed a related phonon pulse detection technique based on measuring picosecond surface motion. Using this technique, he demonstrated how ultrafast electron diffusion could be probed in metals, and he contributed to the development of a theory for this diffusion.

During his time at Hokkaido University, he measured the shape of picosecond acoustic phonon pulses generated in semiconductors and quantum wells.

In addition, he helped establish a method for watching ripples on crystals using ultrafast interferometry and made contributions to the theory of the detection of phonon pulses in multilayers.

He has also been involved in the development of ultrasonic force microscopy and new local probe imaging techniques based on thermal waves at high frequencies and nanometer length scales.

Additionally, he extended picosecond ultrasonics to shear waves, liquids, and contact mechanics. He also spent time studying the propagation of ripples on phononic crystals and resonators.

More recently, he has focused on the gigahertz vibrations of nanostructures, including plasmonic nanostructures, and is conducting research on acoustic metamaterials. Furthermore, at Osaka University, he is working on picosecond acoustic biosensors.

He is also the Founder and Chief Designer at Plum Science Co., Ltd., and he hopes you will spare some time to take a look at their elegant and innovative lighting systems.





International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association (IPPA) James Smith Prize, 2022

Contact information:

Prof. O. B. Wright
Hokkaido University
Kita 8 Nishi 5, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0808, Japan.