Neutron Activation Analysis in Germany

For fall break 2022, I had the opportunity to travel to Frankfurt am Main, Germany to learn about nuclear physics with a handful of other Notre Dame physics students.

This was my first time outside of the country and I had a blast exploring Frankfurt.

My group used neutron activation analysis techniques to analyze the chemical composition of an American quarter, Zirconium earrings, and a ring of unknown material that we determined was largely nickel. We also toured the GSI nuclear facility.

Particle Accelerator equipment