Join us once again as Dr Helen Brand talks about her work on the Australian Synchrotron. Helen’s work is a different example of how space and light collide in the name of science. Helen will be speaking in the Scienceworks Energy Lab on the Lower Ground Floor and will also be at the Australian Synchrotron stall.
The Australian Synchrotron is a world-class particle accelerator technology which produce a powerful source of light – X-rays and infrared radiation – a million times brighter than the sun. The facility has nine different experimental stations, or beamlines, which harness that light so researchers can see the fundamental structure and composition of materials, on scales ranging from the atomic to the macroscopic – with a level of detail, speed and accuracy not possible in conventional laboratories.
Geological processes on planets and satellites of the solar system can be controlled by the properties of the materials that they are made of. In this talk we will explore how researchers using the synchrotron can investigate processes and materials which are important on planetary bodies throughout the solar system as well as some closer to home applications.
The New Horizons spacecraft, on a recent flyby of Pluto, has, for the first time, shown us this distant dwarf planet close up, providing a wealth of new and breathtaking images and data. We will explore some of the images and discuss the features they have illuminated.
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