Thursday marked the fourth day of the Nishina School, when we got to learn detailed information about the three experiments the other students will be performing next week. Moving the start time of the school to 10:30 (which certainly made our commute easier), Dr. Kishida planned the entire day to focus on those three experiments: one lecture […]Read more "How-To’s and The Annual Nishina Center Barbecue Party!!!"
Today marks the third day of the Nishina Program. Our day started off with a dive into modern nuclear physics. Dr. Ogawa explained the “Magic Numbers” in nuclei: 2, 8, 20, 28, 52, 82, and 126. When a nucleus contains one of these numbers of protons or neutrons, it becomes especially stable compared to nuclei […]Read more "Nishina Program Day 3: Nuclear Physics, Detectors, and Oscilloscopes"
Today was the second day of the Nishina School! We started the morning off with a lecture by Dr. Kishida on communication. Over the course of the talk, we learned that Dr. Kishida is not only a highly accomplished and brilliant researcher, but is also involved in sharing RIKEN’s extensive scientific discoveries with the public […]Read more "Gamma Rays and Oscilloscopes: the Nishina School Day 2"
The first official day of the Ninth Nishina School started today. At exactly 10 AM, all the students and teachers at the Nishina School (12 students total and several ten teachers) gathered together in a large auditorium for the opening ceremony. However, the opening ceremony was less a ceremony than a procession of professors sharing […]Read more "Introductions, Lectures, and Cyclotrons"
Even though the RIKEN aspect of Exeter’s RIKEN program only exists during the week, our first (and only) weekend of the program was far from boring. Saturday morning started out with a Harkness demonstration at Gakugeidai High School, which my host sister happens to attend. Since she was going to participate in the Harkness class as […]Read more "Weekend Activities"
As we found out today, there is so much more to RIKEN than just its particle accelerator. RIKEN actually stands for RIkagaku KENkyūsho, Japan’s largest research organization (and almost entirely state funded). RIKEN conducts groundbreaking research in nearly every field. At the Wako campus, state of the art laboratories and equipment allow Japan’s top scientists to […]Read more "The Wonders of the RIKEN Campus"
Today, Jeffrey, Mr. Blackwell, Dr. Kishida, and I went sightseeing around Tokyo! Even though this program is physics-centered, I’ve done surprisingly little physics so far – which leaves me both super excited and super nervous for next week. I really appreciate Dr. Kishida taking so much time out of his busy life at RIKEN to […]Read more "Sightseeing!"