Reed Research Reactor

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Applicant Information

Name *
Your name or name of tour leader.

School name/corporation, etc.

Email *
So we can contact you.

Date(s) *
We will do any day of the week. We will not do holidays, finals weeks, reading weeks, or Renn Fayre. Please see the Reed College Academic Calendar for more information.

Time(s) *
We accommodate any time within reason (8am-8pm, unless special circumstances). Tours can scale between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Labs take about 1 hour.

Estimated number of attendees *
1-24 people. If you have more than 24 people, request another tour at a different time for the remainder. We can really only handle 24 people in the facility at a time.

If you are interested in doing a lab, please select one below.

Half-life lab
Measure the half-life of a short-lived radioisotope. This is our most popular lab and scales well for a variety of age groups.
Silver Dime Lab (Original)
Slightly more sophisticated version of the Half-life lab. Allow students to measure the radiation coming off of dimes, which have two simultaneously decaying isotopes of silver. Good for older groups (College and some high school groups).
Silver Dime Lab (Gamma Spectroscopy)
A simple introduction to Gamma Spectroscopy. We use neutron activation analysis to identify silver as a component of some dimes (made before 1964) but not others. Good for a range of ages, but more of a demonstration than a hands-on activity.
Detecting Radiation
Learn good survey technique as you get the opportunity to detect the common sources of radiation from our everyday lives. Good for younger groups (8th grade and younger).
Time, distance and Shielding
Measure radiation in different circumstances to demonstrate the basic traits of radiation and radiation protection. Good for students who already have a basic understanding of radiation.

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You will be asked to leave heavy coats and bags in the hallway.
You will be asked to leave any food, drinks, or gum in the hallway.
You may be asked for photo identification.
You may not be allowed to take pictures or video.

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