Physics at ANU: Radioactivity, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Nuclear Medicine

The electrostatic accelerator at ANU is ten stories high, operates at up to 15 million volts, and is used to initiate nuclear reactions, make exotic radio-isotopes and study fundamental aspects of the strong and weak nuclear forces.

As well as a tour of this national and international facility, visitors can learn about the science behind nuclear power, medical physics and how isotopes are made and can be safely used. Hands-on experiments are possible, including measuring radiation levels, identifying isotopes and observing different types of nuclear decay and measuring radioactive half-lives.

There may also be an opportunity for our scientists to link into the National Curriculum.


On campus



Program duration

40mins – 120mins (flexible)

Year group

Years 10 -12

Number of students

Maximum of 25


Weekdays excluding public holidays. Please contact us for availability throughout the rest of the year. At least 1 months’ notice required


No cost