Friday, 4 March 2011

Making Neutrons and Giant Magnets

The Backstage Science project continues this week with the first videos from ISIS.

ISIS is a huge facility (and I mean huge) where they crash beams of protons into metal targets, producing neutrons.

Those neutrons are then used by scientists to probe materials at the atomic level.

Here's a video looking around the complex.

There's plenty more to come from ISIS... For example, here is just a little extra snippet discussing the powerful magnets used to steer the proton beam.

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