Jordan Hall of Science @ UND

ISNAP @ Notre Dame

July 12 - 16, 2010
Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics


PIXE-PAN is a summer science program for high school students. Preference will be given to students entering their Senior and Junior years, but others may be accepted if space allows.

The program introduces participants to the fundamentals of the extremely small domain of atomic nuclei and its connection to the extremely large domain of astrophysics and cosmology. The Advanced Physics Laboratory in Notre Dame's Jordan Hall of Science which opened in 2006 will host the program. During the week, participants will perform a series of experiments using state of the art research equipment. The goal of the program is to provide a "hands-on" experience exploring various concepts in modern physics.

Unfortunately, due to construction projects in the Nuclear Science Laboratory, the PIXE experiment using the accelerators will not be possible this year.

What you learn: Through the use of various gamma, neutron and charged particle detectors and their associated electronics, students will learn experiment techniques used by the experimental nuclear astrophysics community. While the focus will be on experiments, these will be supplemented by some lectures, demonstrations and tours.

When: PIXE-PAN will be held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame from Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16, 2010.


  • Interested individuals fill out application forms online or available by mail. (Application Form)
    Application Deadline is May 1, 2010.

  • Students should have some background in math and science at the freshman/sophomore level.

  • Students must be recommended by two teachers (at least one from science, lab, or math).

Cost: Free. Lunches are provided. Due to dormitory regulations regarding youths under the age of 18, students should reside within commuting distance, or have parental approval for arrangements involving local accommodations.

Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics
Institute for Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics
University of Notre Dame

Contact Information:
JINA Outreach
Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA)
225 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Office address: 180 NSH
Office phone: 574/631-4087

Application Form


PIXE-PAN 2009 Site

PIXE-PAN 2008 Site

PIXE-PAN 2007 Site

PIXE-PAN 2006 Site


JINA Website

ISNAP Website


The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics
February 2010