Other Sheffield events

Shedding a Light on Dark Matter

Fully accessible
Past event - 2023
23 May Doors 6.30pm
Event 7pm to 9:30pm
Sidney & Matilda, Rivelin Works, Sidney Street,
Sheffield S1 4RH
With the shift away from fossil fuels, it's likely that our dependence on nuclear energy will increase. We need a sustainable way to deal with the waste which will be produced by this. Come along tonight to find out about a unique solution to this atomic problem.

+ demonstrations, games and hands-on activities for you to enjoy and prizes to be won!

Turning nuclear waste into rocks: a billion years of evidence

Dr Lewis Blackburn (Materials Science and Engineering)
What is the United Kingdom going to do with all its radioactive waste? This talk will outline how the study of complex radioactive minerals may offer a unique solution for disposing of some portion of the UK's legacy waste.

Friction: From macroscale to nanoscale

Dr Idris Tugrul Gulenc (Materials Science and Engineering)
Friction is an unavoidable part of our daily life. When you swipe your finger over your smartphone screen or start your car engine, frictional forces arise. Long-term, friction wears down your things, like shoes and tyres, costing you money. Traditionally, friction damage is examined after testing. This is not the only way anymore! We can now measure friction inside an electron microscope in macro-nanoscale, and do imaging during the test. You will see what we can learn from nanofriction videos!

The Coldest Place in Yorkshire

Professor Ed Daw (Professor of Gravitational Waves and Dark Matter Physics)
The Universe is probably full of so-called dark matter, forms of matter that don't shine or absorb light. We don't know what dark matter is, but we have some ideas, and one of them is that dark matter might be axions. If you want to know what an axion is, and how we look for them, come to this talk. You'll learn about the coldest place in Yorkshire, a very fancy transistor radio, and what all this has to do with the quantum computing revolution.
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