An exciting new initiative achieves multiple broader impact objectives and makes our lab more inviting to visitors and partners
As part of a new integrated approach to outreach, education, and public engagement, CHESS has an exciting new initiative that achieves multiple broader impact objectives while simultaneously making our lab more inviting to visitors and partners.
This past semester an enthusiastic team of graduate students ignited public interest in accelerators and light sources by creating and presenting interactive exhibits that demystify synchrotron science.
Targeting accelerator-relevant ideas that sometimes challenge interpretation, they collaborated with staff experimenting, prototyping, designing, and finally constructing devices that harness and help elucidate the physics of: electric and magnetic fields, accelerated charged particles, ionized gases, light spectra, polarization, diffraction, and electromagnetic waves. These creations will soon become integral to the visitor experience at our lab—offering non-scientists an illuminating gateway into an otherwise esoteric field.