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Polonium-210 and its relevance to Physics

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19:00 – 20:00 21 Jan 2009
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Lecture Theatre F
University of Surrey
Guildford

Speakers: Patrick Regan, University of Surrey

In late 2006 the world became acutely aware of the mysterious substance polonium-210 in the notorious fatal poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko – but what is polonium-210, how is it made, and what does it do? Dr. Patrick Regan, reader in nuclear physics at the University of Surrey will reveal that in addition to the 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. He will also discuss how one might detect this substance to avoid smuggling such material in the future.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: South Central Branch
Contact details: Dr Paul Stevenson
Tel: (01483) 686796
Email: p.stevenson@surrey.ac.uk

http://www.iop.org/activity/branches/South_Central/Events/Guildford/page_30190.html


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