Masterclasses (Year 12 and 13)

Our Physics Masterclasses are events specifically set up to broaden students' knowledge and experience.

Our masterclasses aim to enthuse students to continue studying physics and to develop their A-level Physics. The "How Science Works" section of the Physics specification is emphasised during these events i.e. how Physics the research projects fit into the wider global scientific community. We also host one of the STFC National Particle Physics Masterclasses.

The days are delivered by Researchers and postgraduate students.

How to attend a masterclass

A maximum of 16 students can attend each masterclass so early application - by individual students - is important. All you have to do is complete our booking form stating the master class you are interested in attending.

Phil Furneaux will get back to you and if there are places available he will send you a letter which includes a consent form for your parent or guardian to complete. Your school and teacher need do nothing more.

Travel allowances

If you live in Cumbria there are travel allowances available. We have a grant from the Ogden Trust to pay for your train fares to these events. We shall send you the tickets once your place is confirmed and we have your completed consent form.

We offer a range of masterclasses in different areas of the A-level syllabus:

Physics of Particle Accelerators

Accelerator Physics Master Class

Tuesday 29th November

Students will learn about: particle accelerators, properties of magnetic and electric fields, how charged particles behave in magnetic and electric fields, how the wake of moving charged particles creates electric and magnetic fields. Refraction and diffraction of electromagnetic waves.

Waves and Oscillations (Biomedical Physics) Master Class

Waves and Oscillations (Biomedical Physics) Master Class

Wednesday 1st March

Students will extend their understanding of  the principles of waves and oscillations from the A level Physics specifications to applications in the Medical World. They will work alongside Biomedical Physics research students to discover how these concepts can be applied to a variety of very novel and groundbreaking research such as early warning cancer detectors and other non intrusive methods of diagnosing disease in the body.

 The day will include hands on experiments, talks and interactive workshops.

 Students will not only gain a better understanding of waves and oscillations but also appreciate the enormous range of applications in this field of physics.

 To book please click here.

Astrophysics and Cosmology

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Learn about the Inflation Theory of the Universe and about how Supernova experimental results from observing  Supernova are challenging current Cosmology theories. Measure the age of the Universe and the time it takes a galaxy to rotate using Doppler shift techniques. What is dark matter and dark energy? Learn about the discoveries from observing our first generation stars.

Particle Physics

Wednesday 15th March 2017 (Year 12 only)

Students will gain a better understanding of the nuclear atom and the development of the current atomic theory. They will learn about the latest developments from the LHC experiment at CERN and the Neutrino experiments around the world. Plus discuss higher level ideas such as the Standard Model and Higgs Boson. Students will carry out experiments in the 1st year lab to measure some of the most fundamental physical constants. They will learn how to use uncertainties to assess the accuracy of the experiments. They will also increase their level of understanding of interactions in a Feynman Diagrams workshop.

Low Temperature Physics

Wednesday 29th March 2017 (Year 12 and Year 13)

Students will have a better understanding of properties of materials and their dependence on temperature. They will learn about the theories to explain superconductivity and superfluidity. Students will learn how the theory of an ideal gas can be applied to low-temperature phenomenon. Students will learn about the ultra-low-temperature research taking place at Lancaster. They will also visibly observe liq He at 1K …. as a superfluid.