2.8 How do particle accelerators and colliders work?

Excursion, Resources, Classroom Activities, Assessment Ideas, IT 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.


Text Resources

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

Classroom Activities

Assessment Ideas

IT Applications

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