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Public lecture for young and old with fun demonstration experiments!

Under pressure? 

 We are used to an existence in, air, a gas mixture with a pressure of 1 bar. At relatively low distances from the earth’s surface, however, the pressure drops dramatically to a level that we can call ‘vacuum’. To get vacuum on the earth’s surface is a challenge that requires impressive equipment, such as vacuum pumps and chambers. Artificial vacuum can be found in many varieties, with an enormous set of applications. These range from vacuum food products to computer chip production. Vacuum plays a large role in a lot of scientific research too, from advanced microscopy to the hunt for elementary particles.  

In this public lecture, dr. Joost Frenken will get you acquainted with this special and important topic in research, technology and applications.  

Thelecture will be supported by the Stichting Rino, who will perform demonstration experiments.  

Pre-knowledge is not required. Curiosity will do! 

Location: Rijksmuseum Boerhaave,  Lange Sint Agnietenstraat 10, 2312 WC Leiden

Time: 19.30 hrs.

Ticket: Free.