Saturday Morning Physics!
(5 October 2016)
Some of the department's world class scientists will talk on their fascinating research topics including astrophysics, cosmology, materials science, lasers, quantum mechanics and particle physics. The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lecture Theatre, Rochester Building between 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday, 8 October. All welcome, no need to pre-book!
This weeks session is presented by Professor Paula Chadwick
Messengers from Deep Space
We spend our lives being bombarded by sub-atomic particles; each second, about five travel through the top of your head! These sub-atomic particles are produced in the Earth’s atmosphere by cosmic rays, which are high-energy particles that start out life in deep space. Although cosmic rays were discovered over 100 years ago, their origin remains a mystery. We will look at what cosmic rays are and how we might discover exactly where they come from, and we will see their effects as they pass through the lecture theatre.