Physics: Gamma Radiation – Seeing The Smallest Things – University Tutorial


In this live interactive Physics tutorial, we will be joined by Paddy Regan, Professor of Nuclear Metrology at the University of Surrey and the Department Head of Science, Medical, Marine and Nuclear at the National Physical Laboratory. Paddy will discuss:


Atomic nuclei account for more than 99.9% of the observable mass in the universe, yet correspond to the tiniest of quantum objects, with diameters of less than one million, millionth of a centimetre. The size of these nuclear objects means that their properties and characteristics obey quantum mechanical laws based on the fundamental forces of nature. In interactive event, Professor Paddy Regan will demonstrate how the measurement of high-frequency radiation (known as gamma rays) can be used to ‘see’ inside nature’s smallest building blocks and how this information can be used to understand some of the biggest questions in science such as how old is the earth and where were the elements of life created?



The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided by the university in a Headliner recorded resource (see below) which offers insights into the key academic research and debate related to this fascinating topic. This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.

The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.


Details

Date: May 3

Time: 15:35 - 16:20


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