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Nuclear Physics Masterclass: Online

Winter 2020: 23 November - 18 December

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Join the Department of Physics at the University of York and leading experts from around the world for a Nuclear Physics Masterclass.  Find out more about cutting-edge research in Nuclear Physics and applications of nuclear technologies.

This four-week programme is suitable for students studying Physics in years 12 and 13 (S5 and S6 in Scotland) and allows for flexible learning in or out of the classroom.

Details

  • The Masterclass is open to all students studying Physics in years 12 and 13 / S5 and S6 in Scotland, (ages 16-18).
  • Four week programme with 3-5 hours content per week, starting on Monday 23 November.
  • Live webinars with leading experts weekly.  Recording available after the event.  
  • Ask questions of experts live during the weekly webinar and throughout the week through a forum.  
  • Complete all activities and receive a certificate of participation.
  • Work at your own pace - content available from Monday 23 November 2020 - Sunday 10 January 2021
  • Register as an individual, or class bookings can be made by emailing physics-bindingblocks@york.ac.uk

Week 1: Energy and Decay

  • Discover the nuclear chart of the isotopes with a 3D fly-through and find out more about the building blocks of our Universe.
  • Follow nuclear decay chains, explore the concept and applications of binding energy, and investigate half-lives.
  • Optional activity to explore the 3D nuclear isotopes chart in Minecraft.

Week 2: Nuclear Astrophysics

  • Explore the Hot CNO Cycle: Discover the nuclear reactions happening in stars during stellar explosions, in particular on the surface of neutron stars, in an activity demonstrating half-lives and the random nature of radioactive decay.
  • Investigate a computer simulation of the liquid drop model of nuclei and apply this to the formation of neutron stars. Learn about the influence of the fundamental forces at the nuclear scale.

Week 3: Fusion Technology

  • Find out about methods of creating nuclear fusion as a power source - from lasers to tokamaks. Investigate how the most extreme conditions in the Solar System are created in a laboratory setting, and how materials are designed to withstand such temperatures and pressures.
  • Explore research labs through virtual tours.

Week 4: Medical Physics

  • Hear from a medical physicist about how nuclear physics shaped her career.  
  • Find out how PET scanners work and discover how cutting-edge research into quantum entanglement is making these more effective.
  • Use computer modeling to investigate proton-therapy and see if you can optimise cancer treatments.

Schedule

  • The deadline for registration is Friday 20th November 12pm GMT
  • Introductory materials will be released in the afternoon of Friday 20th November
  • The content for each module will be released on the Friday afternoon before the module starts
  • All webinars and online forums are held from 4.30pm to 5.30pm GMT
  • To be eligible for a certificate, all assessments must be completed by Sunday 10th January 2021
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23 Nov - 27 Nov Energy and Decay

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30 Nov - 4 Dec Nuclear Astrophysics Question
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7 Dec - 11 Dec Fusion Technology Question
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21 Dec - 25 Dec Christmas Holidays Content and activities remain available for completion, but no Question Forum or other live elements          
28 Dec - 1 Jan Christmas Holidays
4 Jan - 8 Jan Catch Up Question
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