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Accelerating A-Levels

On Thursday 21 March the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source - a world leading centre of research in the physical and life sciences, hosted an Accelerator Day for 60 A-level students from local schools. Groups came to hear about the incredible science and engineering taking place at the ISIS accelerator based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

At the heart of ISIS is an 800 MeV proton accelerator producing intense pulses of protons, 50 times a second. These high energy protons which travel at 84% of the speed of light, are fired into targets to release neutrons and muons for experiments. ISIS is used to study many diverse areas including: clean energy, medicine, nanotechnology, engineering and archaeology.

Students were given an insight into how accelerators impact our everyday lives - from medicine delivery without injections to treat diseases such as cancer and diabetes, to turning palm oil waste into eco-friendly biofuels.

The Accelerator Day included a range of talks from scientists and engineers, tours and workshops.

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Last updated: 22 March 2019


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