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How do particle accelerators and colliders work?

Excursion, Resources, Classroom Activities,

Assessment Ideas, IT Applications

Excursion

The Australian Synchrotron offers full day laboratory sessions for the Unit 4 Area of Study: Ideas about light and matter as well as the Unit 4: Detailed Study: the Synchrotron and its applications. The lab sessions can be booked any Monday to Thursday from August to October. Bookings can be made at Australian Synchrotron then select 'Education'. Full descriptions of the lab sessions and tours are included there along with a booking form and available dates.

The L & M lab session includes experiments on: i) Diffraction through single and double slits, ii) Photoelectric effect and iii) Emission spectra of elements. The Synchrotron lab session includes experiments on: i) Electrons in electric and magnetic fields, ii) Modelling Bragg diffraction and iii) Emission spectra of elements. Both lab sessions include a Synchrotron tour.

The lab sessions are also available at other times of the year, but only on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Tours: Morning and afternoon tours can be booked independently, but are only available outside August to October and also only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For inquiries or to book you can contact Leanne Wallace, the Tours coordinator.

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Resources

Text Resources

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Microsoft Word

Teaching program

50.2 kB

Teaching program linking the Detailed Study to the Unit 4 Areas of Study "Interactions of light and matter" and "Electric Power".

Microsoft Word

Linking the DS, Einstein's relativity

84 kB

Document linking the DS, Einstein's relativity, to the DS "Synchrotron and its applications".

Microsoft Word

Synchrotron Notes

583 kB

Prepared by Steve Treadwell for the PD event at Monash Uni in 2008.

Audiovisual Resources

It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase. There is also a CDROM available from the AIP Education Committee. See IT applications below.

  • VEA: Synchrotron- An Introduction

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Filename

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Microsoft Powerpoint

Powerpoint presentation

7.32 MB

Powerpoint presentation by Dr Greg LeBlanc, Lead accelerator physicist at the Australian Synchrotron for the PD event at Monash Uni in 2008.

Microsoft Powerpoint

Australian Synchrotron: Its physics and technology

19.2 MB

A Powerpoint presentation by Dan O'Keeffe, compiled from resources supplied by the Australian Synchrotron.

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Classroom Activities

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Adobe PDF

Bragg Diffraction Experiment

125 kB

A Bragg Diffraction Experiment with microwave apparatus. The pdf file includes a full page protractor to measure angles.

Microsoft Word

Teachers Notes

28.2 kB

Teachers notes for the Bragg Diffraction Experiment with microwave apparatus.

Microsoft Word

Practical Activities

380 kB

Five pages of practical activities ranging from simple exercises with everyday materials to effective demonstrations of Bragg Diffraction.

Microsoft Word

X-ray diffraction graphs

84 kB

A set of X-ray diffraction graphs that students can analyse to determine the crystal spacing from a supplied X-ray wavelength. Answers are included. The spreadsheet described below was used to generate these graphs.

Microsoft Word

Media article

29.7 kB

A media article on an example of a use of synchrotron radiation. Questions and answers included.

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Assessment Ideas

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Microsoft Word

Expectations

20 kB

A statement of expectations of the students for the SAC.

Microsoft Word

Synchrotron test

48.1 kB

A synchrotron test

Microsoft Word

Question matrix

38.9 kB

A synchrotron test question matrix.

Microsoft Word

Answers

42.5 kB

A synchrotron test answers.

Microsoft Word

Synchrotron test questions

70.1 kB

A set of synchrotron test questions with answers.

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IT Applications

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Filename

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Microsoft Word

Exploring Matter with Synchrotron Light

407 kB

Detailed information about the Exploring Matter with Synchrotron Light CD, including a table of contents.

Microsoft Word

Summary

63 kB

CDROM "Exploring matter with synchrotron light" summary showing the table of contents of each of the five sections of the CDROM.

Microsoft Excel

X-ray Diffraction Graphs

38.9 kB

An Excel file for generating X-ray Diffraction Graphs for different crystals. The file includes instruction on how to use the spreadsheet as well as a weblink to a site containing an extensive list of crystal spacing data that is used to generate the graphs.

Useful Websites

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