Picture of the Week
As the Dark Energy Survey begins its second year of observations, UCL scientists are at the forefront of its science programme. This week's 'Picture of the Week' is galaxy NGC 1398, snapped during the survey's observations.
5 August 2013
Don't panic! Nothing is going to explode!
UCL's Christopher Ingold Laboratories might look as forbidding as a nuclear power station. But the reactor here has nothing nuclear about it. What's more, the pressure here is reassuringly low... because the reactor is switched off.
Reactors come in all shapes, sizes and purposes.
While in popular language the word typically refers to nuclear reactions, for scientists, reactors are simply vessels in which any kind of reaction takes place, whether that is chemical, biological, nuclear or anything else.
In this laboratory, the reactor is part of a large-scale facility for making nanoparticles. Part of the work of the Clean Materials Technology Group, this room-sized contraption is a step towards developing the technology for industrial scales, where these tiny particles serve valuable roles in fields as varied as medicine and manufacturing.
Photo credit: O. Usher (UCL MAPS)
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