Synchrotron and applications
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.
Teaching program linking the Detailed Study to the Unit 4 Areas of Study "Interactions of light and matter" and "Electric Power".
Document linking the DS, Einstein's relativity, to the DS "Synchrotron and its applications".
Prepared by Steve Treadwell for the PD event at Monash Uni in 2008.
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
Powerpoint presentation by Dr Greg LeBlanc, Lead accelerator physicist at the Australian Synchrotron for the PD event at Monash Uni in 2008.
A Powerpoint presentation by Dan O'Keeffe, compiled from resources supplied by the Australian Synchrotron.
A Bragg Diffraction Experiment with microwave apparatus. The pdf file includes a full page protractor to measure angles.
Teachers notes for the Bragg Diffraction Experiment with microwave apparatus.
Five pages of practical activities ranging from simple exercises with everyday materials to effective demonstrations of Bragg Diffraction.
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.
A media article on an example of a use of synchrotron radiation. Questions and answers included.
A statement of expectations of the students for the SAC.
A synchrotron test
A synchrotron test question matrix.
A synchrotron test answers.
A set of synchrotron test questions with answers.
Detailed information about the Exploring Matter with Synchrotron Light CD, including a table of contents.
CDROM "Exploring matter with synchrotron light" summary showing the table of contents of each of the five sections of the CDROM.
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.