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Festival of Physics 2018

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10:00 – 16:00 24 Feb 2018
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HH Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, City of Bristol, United Kingdom, BS8 1TL

We look forward to seeing you at the next "Festival of Physics",
















which will take place from 10am-4pm on Saturday 24 February 2018,
















at the HH Wills Physics Laboratory of the University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL.
















The Festival is free, and open to everyone with an interest in Physics, from school students (and their families and teachers) to adults and retired people. There will be talks, workshops and demonstrations throughout the day.
















No prior registration is required, just turn up! But this means we cannot send group emails to those registered, so in case of any last-minute changes, please look again at this web page before you set off for the Festival.
















Directions to the University can be found at <http://www.bris.ac.uk/maps/<wbr />directions/> Parking will be available in the (paying) multi-storey car parks at West End or Trenchard Street. See <https://visitbristol.co.uk/<wbr />about-bristol/travel-to-<wbr />bristol/car-parking> or use one of Bristol's Park and Ride facilities: <https://travelwest.info/park-<wbr />ride>
















Buses no.9 and 72 from Temple Meads station stop right outside the building...
















This year we are unable to offer a free lunch, so we recommend you bring your own sandwiches, or visit one of the many pubs and cafes nearby. However, free coffee and tea will be supplied in the intervals. The lunch interval will be longer than usual, to give you a bit more time to get your lunch, while still leaving time to visit the many physics demonstrations.
















Another change from previous years, is that no registration is required, either for the Festival itself, or for the workshops during the day. However, there will be a limit on the numbers attending the workshops, so we recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes before the advertised times. If a particular workshop is over-booked, you may be able to get a place at a later one.
















Here is the provisional timetable (come back to this page for updates...)










9:45am Building opens




10:00 to 11:00 1st talk: Vincent Smith, on behalf of Prof Mark Thomson, Cambridge University:


"Neutrinos, Ghosts of the Universe"


 There are more neutrinos in the Universe than the rest of matter. Even though their existence was predicted 80 years ago, and first detected 50 years ago, we still know very little about them. Until 20 years ago, we thought they were massless, but the observation of neutrino oscillations shows they do have mass, although we can't measure it yet. What is the relation between neutrinos and anti-neutrinos? An enormous experiment is being prepared in the USA to find out more about them: the Deep Underground Experiment (DUNE). UK involvement in this experiment was recently supported by the UK Government.
See the Guardian newspaper, 24 Sept 2017: "UK invests £65m in Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment in US "




11:00 to 11:30 coffee break








11:30 to 12:30 2nd talk: Emma Osborne, University of Southampton: "Gravitational Waves: A new window to the universe."


 In this talk, Emma will take you on a journey through the gravitational wave universe. Learn about what gravitational waves are, how they are made, and how they are detected. Discover the monster gravitational wave machines that live in space, and how they can be used to solve the mysteries of the universe, as we embark on the era of multi-messenger astronomy.








12:30 to 14:00  Lunch (see note above)
















14:00 to 14:45 3 Minute Wonder (a competition of short talks by young researchers)












15:00 to 16:00 3rd talk: Dr Jaap Velthuis, University of Bristol: "Volcanoes and other things that go boom... applications of muon tomography".


The easiest way to smuggle nuclear bombs is in cargo containers. How can you detect them? How can you look inside nuclear waste drums? And inspect active volcanoes from a safe distance?  What is still standing inside the Fukushima power plant? Muon tomography is a novel imaging technology that allows imaging of the insides of closed objects from a safe distance, without introducing radiation. This makes it an excellent technique to probe the internal structure of active volcanoes, to detect nuclear bombs smuggled in cargo containers and monitor legacy nuclear waste. 








16:00 Festival ends, building closed.












All the above talks will be in the Powell Lecture Theatre, near the entrance to the building on Tyndall Avenue.












In parallel with the talks, there will be two sets of workshops:






  • Workshops on "Exoplanets" by the Space Detectives team, at 10:00-11:30 and 12:00-13:30. Priority will be given to under-14s and their parents.
  • Workshops on "Magnetism", by students from Badminton School, at 10:00-10:50, 11:30-12:20 and 14:00-14:50. These workshops are more suitable for over-14s.
















The demonstrations will be in the Entrance Foyer, and in the basement, "Enderby Room", in the intervals between the talks.
















If you have any questions, please get in touch with <Vincent.smith@bristol.ac.uk>

















Organised by: IOP SW Branch

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