School of Physics and Astronomy

Our Projects

We currently offer four projects based around some of the research being undertaken within the School of Physics and Astronomy.

SCREAM (Cosmic Rays): your school will be loaned a scintillator – photomultiplier tube particle detector and students will conduct experiments on cosmic ray muons following an introductory experiment on lifetimes and progressing into their own independent projects. Please note that we can only offer this project to a limited number of schools and is only open to schools who have successfully undertaken a project with us previously.

MUSICS (Space Sounds): your students will be given access to satellite measurements of Earth’s magnetic field which have been converted into audio files. Using audio software students will listen to and analyse these to identify wave events and characterise them, tackling a number of current research questions.

Planet Hunting with Python (Exoplanets): this project will give your students experience in computer programming using the Python programming language. This is applied to data from the Kepler mission, which looks for exoplanets using the transit method.

ATLAS Open Data (Particle Physics): this a fairly new project using publicly released data from the ATLAS experiment at the LHC in CERN. Students will go through the steps involved in finding the Higgs Boson, interactively utilising the statistical methods that particle physicists use to investigate fundamental physics.