‌‌Nuclear Masterclass: 20 June 2019

Join the Department of Physics at the University of York for a Nuclear Masterclass.  This one-day programme gives year 12 students the opportunity to find out more about cutting-edge research in Nuclear Physics and applications of nuclear technologies.  The Masterclass is open to all students studying A level Physics (or equivalent).

There will be two different streams running during the day:

A: Nuclear Astrophysics

Workshop 1: The Hot CNO Cycle in Supernovae
Discover the nuclear reactions happening in stars during stellar explosions in an activity demonstrating half-lives and the random nature of radioactive decay.

Workshop 2: Neutron Stars and Fundamental Forces
Investigate a computer simulation of the liquid drop model of neutron stars and learn about the influence of the fundamental forces at the nuclear scale.

Workshop 3/4: Binding Blocks: Building the Universe one Nucleaus at a Time
Explore the concept and applications of binding energy through building a LEGO nuclear chart. Follow nuclear decay chains and research the uses of different isotopes.

B: Applications of Nuclear Physics

Workshop 1: Medical Physics
Find out how nuclear physics is used in medicine, with a medical physicist.

Workshop 2: Fusion technology
Visit the University's Tokomak Control Room and find out about methods of creating nuclear fusion as a power source.

Workshop 3/4: Binding Blocks: Building the Universe one Nucleaus at a Time
Explore the concept and applications of binding energy through building a LEGO nuclear chart. Follow nuclear decay chains and research the uses of different isotopes.

The programme

09.45 - 10.00  Arrival

10.00 - 10.10  Welcome 

10.10 - 10.40  An Introduction to Nuclear Physics

10.40 - 10.55  Tea/Coffee

11.05 - 11.50  Workshop 1

11.55 - 12.40  Workshop 2

12.50 - 13.20  Lunch

13.30 - 14.15  Workshop 3

14.20 - 15.05  Workshop 4

15.15 - 15.45  Cutting-Edge Nuclear Physics

15.45 - 16.00  Evaluation

Further Information

Groups of less than 5 students from any one school may attend without a teacher. However, they must have consent from both their school and parents.

A maximum of 40 students may attend from any one school: 20 in each strand.  If you require a larger number of places, please contact physics-outreach@york.ac.uk.  

Students are not required to be in school uniform.

Tea/coffee/water will be available at breaks, but all attendees will need to bring a packed lunch.

Travel and transport information is available here:

Travel and transport (PDF , 291kb)

A risk assessment for the day is available here.  

RA Nuclear Masterclass (PDF , 464kb)

If you have any questions, please contact the Physics Outreach Team on physics-outreach@york.ac.uk or 01904 32 2209.