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Poster or Presentation Title

Nuclear Reactor Engineering: A look at the Cubical, Cylindrical, and Spherical Reactor

Location

Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Start Date

8-4-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

8-4-2020 1:15 PM

Department

Physics

Abstract

As our society moves away from fossil fuels and towards a more sustainable fuel source, nuclear energy may be a solution. In this presentation we explore the true random nature of radioactive substances and monitor the decay of particles through the use of a Geiger-Muller tube. The data being collected is then uploaded into Python through which we calculate the half life of Ba-137. Other experiments such as 1/r^2 were done to show how the number of particles collected are affected with distance, as well as seeing how the particles interact with different absorbers and absorber thicknesses.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Will Roach
Dr. Eric Goff

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Apr 8th, 12:00 PM Apr 8th, 1:15 PM

Nuclear Reactor Engineering: A look at the Cubical, Cylindrical, and Spherical Reactor

Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center

As our society moves away from fossil fuels and towards a more sustainable fuel source, nuclear energy may be a solution. In this presentation we explore the true random nature of radioactive substances and monitor the decay of particles through the use of a Geiger-Muller tube. The data being collected is then uploaded into Python through which we calculate the half life of Ba-137. Other experiments such as 1/r^2 were done to show how the number of particles collected are affected with distance, as well as seeing how the particles interact with different absorbers and absorber thicknesses.