Physics Department: REU Projects - Physics Education

Dr. Micha Kilburn
Email: mkilburn (at) nd.edu

The Chart of Nuclides, used by nuclear scientists, is an expanded version of the periodic table. Isotopes of each element are described in a row instead of a single box. With over 3000 known isotopes, it can be challenging to display the chart in a digestible way for purposes of education and outreach. This project includes producing a large jigsaw puzzle version of the chart of nuclides with a 3D printer. The REU student on this project will learn technical skills and gain experience in education while exhibiting creativity.The Chart of Nuclides, used by nuclear scientists, is an expanded version of the periodic table. Isotopes of each element are described in a row instead of a single box. With over 3000 known isotopes, it can be challenging to display the chart in a digestible way for purposes of education and outreach. This project includes producing a large jigsaw puzzle version of the chart of nuclides with a 3D printer. The REU student on this project will learn technical skills and gain experience in education while exhibiting creativity.