School of Physics & Astronomy

Previous Masterclasses

  • Nanotechnology and quantum physics: exploration at the atomic scale
    Saturday 29 September 2012, 10am-4pm
    Saturday 8 October 2011, 10am-4pm
    Saturday 9 October 2010, 10am-4pm
    Saturday 10 October 2009, 10am - 4pm
    Saturday 27 September 2008, 10am-4pm
    Saturday 6 October 2007, 10am - 4pm.
    This masterclass introduced students to the world of state-of-the-art nanotechnology via lectures, hands-on experiments, discussion/interview groups, and debates. Participants had the opportunity to image atoms, molecules, and nanostructures using scanning probe microscopes; investigate the interaction of light with nanoparticles; and discuss the future and potential of nanotechnology with lecturers involved in the delivery of the new Physics with Nanoscience degree courses offered by the School. Students also toured the new Nottingham Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre and spoke with the scientists there who manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular level.
  • Particle Physics
    Saturday 13, October, 11am-3pm
    Saturday 1 October 2011, 11am-3pm
    Saturday 2 October 2010, 11am-4pm
    Wednesday 28 April 2010, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday 1st April 2009, 1:30 - 4:30pm
    This masterclass focused on the fundamental particles and forces and what we hope to learn about them from the Large Hadron Collider. What is dark matter and how can we find it? What does the Higgs particle do? What is string theory and are there extra dimensions? Through lectures and hands-on activities, this masterclass addressed these and other questions.
  • Exploring Physics Conference
    Sunday 24, Monday 25 March 2013
    Sunday 1, Monday 2 April 2012
    Monday 20, Tuesday 21 December 2010
    Thursday 17, Friday 18 December 2009
    We hosted the 2009 Exploring Physics Conference on December 17th-18th. The conference aimed to motivate and inform students studying physics at both A and AS level with a blend of topics and speakers designed to offer an insight into modern physics. Further details are available here:
  • Exploring Physics
    Saturday 3 October 2009, 10am - 1.30pm
    Black holes are some of the most fascinating objects in the Universe. Their gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. So if we can't see them how do we know they exist? Through lectures and hands-on activities the Black Holes Masterclass answered this and other questions. From supermassive black holes in the centre of galaxies to mini black holes at the Large Hadron Collider, participants explored where and how black holes can form. A free lunch was provided.
  • Seeing the Unseeable
    January - March 2009
    January - March 2011
    The University's Get on 4 Uni Masterclasses included a physical sciences strand, "Seeing the Unseeable". Chemistry, physics and astronomy deal with scales that are so different from everyday experience that it can be difficult even to picture what is going on. This strand introduced how we face these challenges and start to understand how the Universe works at the two extremes of scale, exploring the very tiny in nanotechnology and the truly enormous in astronomy.
  • Physics for Health
    Saturday 4 October 2008, 10am-3pm
    This masterclass explained the techniques used in medical physics to explore the structure and function of the human body. These included techniques using ionizing and non ionizing radiation and those designed to detect electromagnetic activity in the body. It also outlined the main areas of activity at the forefront of medical physics research. Participants were given a chance to take part in some experimental activities related to medical physics and to visit the only 7T whole body MRI scanner in the UK. A free was provided.

    View X-ray images collected at the masterclass here.

  • From Quarks to the Cosmos
    Saturday 22 September 2007, 10am - 1pm.
    The "From quarks to the cosmos" masterclass explored the physics of the Universe, on scales ranging from the smallest fundamental particles to galaxies, via lectures and online demonstrations. Participants learned about particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider (the new particle accelerator at CERN due to start taking data next year) and used simulated data to see how the experiment will measure the properties of fundamental particles. They also studied the properties of galaxies and discovered how observations of galaxies provide evidence for the existence of exotic fundamental particles in the Universe. (The session was followed by a free lunch and optional tour of the School and campus.)

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