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Build your own Particle Detector

Instructions to build your own particle detector out of LEGO

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The Photoelectric Effect

Java Applet simulating a photoelectric effect experiment, measuring current and stopping potential for a variety of metals and monochromatic wavelengths. A sophisticated simulated experiment.

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Electron Affinity

The ionization energy or ionization potential is the energy necessary to remove an electron from the neutral atom. It is a minimum for the alkali metals which have a single electron outside a closed ...

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Look around the CMS detector at the LHC

Cool panoramic interactive allows you to look around the large hadron collider.

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Particle Detectors

Short explanations from Fermilab of various methods for detecting particles.

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Seeking the Cosmic Dawn

A look at the results from BICEP2 detector in the south pole which gives evidence for inflation happening at the start of the universe.

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Ridiculously Sensitive Charge Detector

Using a Field Effect Transistor (FET) to detect external electric fields. A circuit is built and tested.

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Observing the world of particles

Introduction to earlier particle detectors including nuclear emulsions, cloud, bubble, and multiwire chambers.

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The Big Questions

Particle accelerators are trying to answer some of the big questions. Here CMS, one of the detectors at the LHC, tries to explain how data they captures will help find the answers.

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And the mountains shrugged...

An interesting piece telling how infrasound detectors were able to sense the movement of mountains caused by an earthquake.

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