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

 Location: Acton campus
 Format: Activities, Experiments
 Year group: Years 10 -12
 Duration: 40mins – 120mins (flexible)
 Number of students: Maximum of 25
 Availability: Weekdays excluding public holidays. Please contact us for availability throughout the rest of the year. At least 1 months’ notice required
 Cost: No cost

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.