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Nuclear and Particle Physics
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"God Particle" Possibly Discovered
- A report on one of the potentially most important discoveries of the new millennium, along with a summary of the standard model of particle physics.
ABC's of Nuclear Science
- A comprehensive introduction to nuclear science-- antimatter, beta rays, cosmic radiation, radioactivity, the difference between fission and fusion, and the structure of the nucleus, for starters. Site also provides access to reference and teaching materials and experiments. From Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. Uses frames.
ATLAS Educational Information
- The ATLAS Experiment is to be carried out at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator facility of the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Website is intended for people of all ages who are curious about fundamental particles and forces as well as about particle research.
- A shockwave application that allows the user to add up and down quarks to a hydrogen nucleus to create a carbon nucleus.
Big Bang Science
- Site seeks to explain the origins of matter and current high-energy research regarding the conditions of the early universe. The information presented here is published in booklet form by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC).
- An overview of bremsstrahlung (or stopping radiation). From The Particle Detector BriefBook.
- From The Particle Detector BriefBook.
Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics & Mechanics Educational Sites
- A collection of resources gathered by the Thermodynamics Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Contemporary (Nuclear) Physics Education Project (CPEP)
- A product of teachers, educators, and physicists located around the world. Charts, brochures, web features, and classroom activities present the current understanding of cosmic rays, radiation, particle physics, fission, fusion, and similar topics. Award-winning site.
- Introduction to cross section, an important concept in scattering.
- For students, educators, visitors.
- A collection of Web-based games and activities to develop an understanding of the operations and experiments that take place in the Fermilab accelerator and detector halls and the scientific ideas they explore. Has a special section for teachers.
Fusion Energy Education
- Leads to several excellent resources which teach about fusion.
Fusion: Physics of a Fundamental Energy Source:
- An introduction to the principles of fusion geared towards high school students. Posters in various languages also available for download or ordering.
General Atomics Fusion Group Educational Home Page
- resources for teachers and students; links to a more technical GAT fusion site
How Stuff Works: How Atom Smashers Work
- Tutorial with 28 color illustrations and photographs.
The Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience (IPPEX)
- The site "allows students and teachers to participate remotely in scientific research at [America's] largest fusion energy laboratory." Requires Java-capable browser and Shockwave plug-in to be able to use the excellent educational modules. Also has an "ask the expert" forum for fusion-related questions.
Meltdown at Three Mile Island, a Documentary
- Companion site to the PBS show of the same name. Covers "How a Nuclear Reactor Works" and "What Happened," showing the series of events that took place on March 28, 1979. Useful for a quick lesson about Three Mile Island. Also has teacher's guide to the show and a link for ordering the video. Requires Java-enabled browser.
- Overviews the principles of nuclear fission and its use to generate power, why uranium can be fissioned, n/p ratio and delayed neutrons, moderators, also Chernobyl and 3-Mile Island.
Nuclear Power Plant Demonstration
- Java applet of a basic nuclear power plant. Try to keep the reactor running safely under various failure scenarios.
Nuclear Science and Technology and How It Influences Your Life
- Covers five major application fields: food irradiation, industry, medicine, space, and electricity.
OnScreen Particle Physics
- A simulation for Mac and Windows 95/98/NT that allows even beginning students to experience what real particle physics experiments are like. Demo versions available for download.
The Particle Adventure
- An award-winning site from the Particle Data Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. "A tour of the inner workings of the atom."
Perspective on Plasmas
- Educational information on plasma applications including controlled fusion.
- Extensive content on 21st century particle physics and the role of particle colliders.
Reflections on Matter
- Atoms to quarks, quantum physics, the big bang, and newer theories about matter.
SLAC Visitor Center
- Information provided by SLAC for informing the general public about particle physics.
Tau Decay Physics
- Summary of decay modes and their probabilities.
Timeline of the Nuclear Age
- A chronological record of the nuclear age: links to people, documents and educational units. Explore political and ethical dilemmas of the Nuclear Age.
U.S. Fusion Energy Sciences Program
- A very comprehensive U.S. Department of Energy site related to fusion research. Provides a large number of links to institutions and organizations, and there is a special fusion education section too.
Visual Quantum Mechanics
- Instructional units that introduce quantum physics to high school and college students who do not have a background in modern physics or higher level math using interactive computer programs and digital multimedia in an activity based environment.
What Exactly Is the Higgs Boson?
- Article from Scientific American where Stephen Reucroft of the Elementary Particle Physics group at Northeastern University gives an introductory reply.
What is Antimatter?
- Experts posit an answer to the question based on modern theories of particle physics.
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