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NanoScience 2K16 Taster Days for A-level students

At the London Centre for Nanotechnology

The London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) in partnership with the Department of Physics at UCL is running NanoScience 2K16 Taster Days for A-level students from schools across London at UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. The aim of the taster day is to give students a chance to explore and learn about cutting-edge 
research taking place at the London Centre of Nanotechnology (LCN), a multidisciplinary centre operating at the forefront of science and 
technology. The schedule of the day includes a lecture from Prof. David Bowler on Quantum Physics, lab tours, interactive demos and hands-on activities. During the lab tours, pupils will be given exclusive access to the LCN Cleanroom, the Positronium & Positron Beam laboratories and the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM) laboratories. LCN Cleanroom offers a wide range of cutting-edge scientific equipment for fabrication and analysis of Nano-devices.

Positrons (the antiparticles of electrons) and positronium (the bound state of an electron and a positron) are currently employed in the exploration of fundamental effects ranging from condensed matter physics to astrophysics as well as in the diagnostics of living biological systems and of the electronic and structural properties of industrially important materials. STM achieves extremely high-resolution atomic-scale images. The versatility of STM, as it can be used in ultra-high vacuum, air & water and temperatures of close to zero Kelvin up to a few hundred degrees Celsius, allows researchers to examine a multitude of characteristics on a range of different samples. The practical sessions consist of four different activities; bicycle-wheel gyroscope; imaging of different samples using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM); Simulation of Cancer Cells using Game Theory and High-energy Particle Physics Simulation.

If you would like to book this masterclass for your pupils, please email Dr Elpida Makrygianni at e.makriyannis @ ucl.ac.uk