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Pfeiffer Vacuum supports “Columbus” school prject

In a joint project with Coburg University and the Jülich Research Center, a total of thirteen high school students from the school in Coburg built the ‘Columbus’ cyclotron for teaching purposes together with their physics teacher Christian Wolf. During the project, they were supported by scientists from Coburg University under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Martin Prechtl, head of the Laboratory for Applied Vacuum Technology, and by the Jülich Research Center. The cyclotron aims to get school students involved in the project excited about physics and technology through conducting practical research work and being introduced to scientific working methods. By using the cyclotron as a model in school teaching, all school students get to know the physical processes that take place when electrically charged particles move about within electrical and magnetic fields. In this context, they also learn about practical uses for these processes. The cyclotron can be ideally incorporated into lessons since the movements of the particles can be observed directly in the school cyclotron due to the low final energy generated. The cyclotron aims to get school students involved in the project excited about physics and technology through conducting practical research work and being introduced to scientific working methods.

By using the cyclotron as a model in school teaching, all school students get to know the physical processes that take place when electrically charged particles move about within electrical and magnetic fields. In this context, they also learn about practical uses for these processes. The cyclotron can be ideally incorporated into lessons since the movements of the particles can be observed directly in the school cyclotron due to the low final energy generated. A Faraday cup from a Pfeiffer Vacuum mass spectrometer is used as a detector to measure the accelerated protons. The reliability and flexibility of the vacuum equipment from Pfeiffer Vacuum makes it the ideal solution for meeting the challenges of the school cyclotron.

Pfeiffer Vacuum Sales Manager Arno Kalbus answered all the questions about vacuum technology asked by the students and their teachers during his visit.
Pfeiffer Vacuum Sales Manager Arno Kalbus answered all the questions about vacuum technology asked by the students and their teachers during his visit.

The experts from Pfeiffer Vacuum used their know-how to assist the project group from the Gymnasium Ernestinum school in selecting and designing suitable equipment in order to reach the best possible solution for the project.

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