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Welcome to the course!

How this all works Over the next three weeks, we will be exploring three exciting areas of current physics research. We will be delving into fundamental physics, but also discovering …

Introduction to the course

Over the next three weeks we’ll explore plasma physics and fusion, what the world looks like at the nanoscale, and our current understanding of the building blocks of the universe. …

The Principles of Quantum Mechanics

In this article, you will learn more about the principles of quantum mechanics. One of the most important principles underlying quantum physics is that of wave-particle duality. Quantum objects have …

Particle detectors in action

Particle detectors are vitally important for a wide range of industries, from nuclear power, to security, to medical applications. The University of York works with the company, Kromek, to develop …

Quantum Mechanics and the Standard Model

This week we will be exploring the quantum world and delving into the realm of particle physics. We will start by investigating quantum phenomena. As Kate explains in the video …

Using particle physics in medicine

Medical physicists work at the cutting edge of experimental and theoretical research. It is an incredibly diverse and growing area of physics, often working across disciplines. An understanding of particle …

Particle Detectors

In this article, you will learn more about particle detectors including the various types. Whether you are taking a medical image such as an X-ray or PET scan, monitoring radiation …

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Particle physics is crucial in diagnosing medical conditions through advanced forms of medical imaging. In this video, PhD student Ruth Newton gives an introduction to PET imaging (Positron Emission Tomography), …

What is quantum communications?

Modern society is becoming increasingly reliant on the security of transmitted information and communications – everything from banking to medical records. Quantum mechanics and communications Quantum communications use the principles …

The Quantum Physics Standard Model

Quantum physics tells us how particles behave. But what are these particles that make up everything around us? At the most fundamental level, particles are described by the Standard Model: …

Applications of low temperature plasmas

Low temperature plasmas are used very widely in a technological process and products. In addition to the applications detailed by Ben in the video above, low temperature plasmas are used …

Rocket Propulsion Systems

Since their first flight into space during the 20th century, satellites have become invaluable to our everyday lives. They provide the means to observe the Earth from space with powerful …

Low Temperature Plasma Applications

Low temperature plasma might seem like a contradiction. All of our previous examples required extreme heat to strip the electrons from the ions. So what is happening to the plasma …

How to make high energy density material

In this video, PhD student Emma Hume shows us how the world’s most powerful lasers can be used to create some of the most extreme conditions on Earth. Intensity, (I), …

Science with Lasers

It is well observed that powerful lasers enable us to create high energy density materials. What happens if we continue to increase the laser intensity? And how do these high …