Nuclear Physics Resources

Here you will find a variety of useful resources such as websites, video clips, teaching guides and brochures that are suitable for a wide range of audiences.

If you have produced a resource about nuclear physics and think others could benefit from it please send it to STFC's Public Engagement Team to look at.

Websites

  • CERN@school – CERN@school brings technology from CERN into the classroom to aid with the teaching of particle and nuclear physics.

  • TimPix – Through TimPix school students across the UK are monitoring the radiation levels on the International Space Station (ISS) using data downloaded from Timepix detectors on board the ISS.

  • Building blocks – Binding Blocks is a nuclear physics outreach project that aims to get members of the public and schools to build an eight metre long 3D nuclear chart of all isotopes made completely out of LEGO®

  • Teaching Radioactivity - A number of teaching resources developed by the Institute of Physics to support the teaching of radioactivity and to give students a more authentic and engaging experience of ionising radiations and sub-atomic particles.

  • Physics kits - Resources developed at Queen Mary University of London for students and teachers to use LEGO® to illustrate physics concepts such as fission, fusion and the structure of nuclei. The lesson plans, activity sheets and booklets cover curriculum linked topics in nuclear physics.

  • NUPEX - The NUclear Physics EXperience: a free database of knowledge created and maintained by expert nuclear physicists from all over Europe.

  • The ABC’s of Nuclear Science - A brief introduction to nuclear physics covering a wide range of topics from basic nuclear structure to industrial applications of nuclear science.

  • Applications from UK Nuclear Physics Research - Showcasing the applications of nuclear physics research by UK Universities.
     

Films

Animations

  • Just how small is an atom? – This TED-Ed lesson uses spectacular metaphors (imagine a blueberry the size of a football stadium!) to explore the questions: Just how small are atoms? And what's inside them?
     
  • Radioactivity: Expect the unexpected – This TED-Ed lesson nicely explains radioactivity and how it can be both dangerous and useful.

Publications

  • Inside the Atom: Nuclear Activity in the UK - A full-colour A5 leaflet that opens out into an A2 double-sided wall poster describing the activity of the nuclear physics community in the UK and how their inspirational work impacts our lives.
     
  • Teaching STEM through Inside the Atom – These teaching notes detail a collection of teaching resources available from STFC and partner organisations that use particle and nuclear physics – Inside the Atom – as an inspirational context for STEM learning.
     
  • CERN: ISOLDE - The ISOLDE facility uses protons from CERN's accelerator complex to produce exotic nuclei of most of the elements. These radioactive nuclei are used for basic research in many areas of science including nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics.

The publications above can be ordered free of charge via the Publications Order Form.

Visit Guides

The STFC's Daresbury Laboratory (DL) in Warrington is home to the STFC nuclear physics group. Additionally DL houses the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) and the Cockcroft Institute of accelerator science.  DL runs lots of outreach events and has an active schools programme. If you are interested to find out more contact the DL public engagement officer.

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