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.
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.
The Australian Synchrotron has a well resourced website that contains within its links all that teachers and students will need to know about the Synchrotron. When this site comes up one of the options displayed is a "Discussion Forum" which offers sections for everyone from the general public to physics teachers to research scientists specialising in a particular use of synchrotron radiation. You are welcome to join any of these sections and see what is being discussed.
Their website also features an extensive set of resources available in pdf form. There are 11 files of explanatory notes, 6 files of activities, a file of video and multimedia resources and a file of useful websites.
The Australian Academy of Science runs the website Nova: Science in The News. For each news item they provide "key text", "Glossary", "Activities", "Further reading" and "Useful Sites". There is a news item on the Synchrotron, posted in November 2002.
A description of the microwave system in a synchrotron including the klystron, wave guides and RF cavities.
The Center for X-Ray Optics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory works to advance the science and technology of short-wave optical systems with applications using extreme ultraviolet light (EUV), soft x-ray radiation and nanostructure fabrication. Their link "X-Ray Interactions with Matter" is very comprehensive.
Cornell's Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics uses a synchrotron to study nature's fundamental particles and the laws that govern them. Check 'Education' section then go down to the section for 'Educators'.
A link to their resources and programs.
How stuff Works: Klystrons & the 'buncher'
A description of how the linac works including the electron gun and the buncher.
Based at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC), the SSRL website is well designed and comprehensive n content.
A detailed report of the use of Synchrotron radiation to analyse Beethoven's hair, which found high concentrations of lead.
Dr Peter Hammond of the University of Western australia has a website of useful images and animations.
Over 130 pages of material under the headings 'What is synchrotron?', 'Experimental Beamlines', 'Research Applications', 'When Light interacts with Matter', 'Lessons' and 'Student Pages' with several items for each heading, each of which can be accessed separately.
The Australian Synchrotron is an exciting, cutting-edge research facility that opened in Melbourne in 2007. This project was developed by Western Australian science and maths teachers in conjunction with research scientists and educationalists at UWA. This comprehensive resource has been designed to highlight the importance of integrating maths and science in Australian schools using a synchrotron as a context.
This resource package is made up of four different elements: i) teacher notes, ii) student activities, iii) video clips and iv) multimedia resources (digital learning objects and PowerPoint presentations).
The resources are available as PDF documents or Word documents. The Word documents allow teachers to make any necessary changes to allow for tailoring for the specific needs of their classes. Resources can be downloaded as entire chapters (for example all of chapter 3) or can be downloaded as individual segments (for example 3.1, 3.2, 3.3).