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London Centre meeting

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18:30 – 18:30 15 Oct 2008
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Institute of Physics
76-78 Portland Place
London
W1B 1NT

Speakers: Dr Patrick Regan, University of Surrey

In 2006 the world became acutely aware of the mysterious substance polonium-210 in the notorious fatal poisoning of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. But what is polonium-210, how is it made, and what does it do? In addition to its more macabre uses, this isotope is of major fundamental significance, not least in explaining why there is a limit to the stable elements which occur in nature, and revealing the most important aspects of nuclear structure. Dr Regan will also discuss how one might use gamma-ray spectroscopy to prevent the smuggling of such material in the future.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: London and South East branch
Contact details: Email: Londonsoutheast@physics.org
Contact email: Londonsoutheast@physics.org

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18:30 – 18:30 15 Oct 2008
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