Frosty gases to look at, touch and toast
Physically Natural Sciences

Frosty gases to look at, touch and toast

Nitrogen and helium are colorless, odorless, invisible and volatile - but not with us! It just has to be cold enough.
Start 17:00 o'clock
End 00:00 o'clock

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Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe (MPI-CPfS)
Führung 2 - Heliumanlage
Nöthnitzer Straße 40
01187 Dresden (Dresdner Süden)
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In a glass cryostat, you can see helium, the elixir of cryogenic physics, in liquid form. You can learn how this happens in the helium facility.
Chemists prefer to cool with nitrogen. Minus 196 °C is frosty enough for their experiments, but not too cold to reach into. Why is that? We'll show you, and if you like, try it out for yourself. But nitrogen can do even more. When it combines with orange juice or caipirinha, the helium plant becomes a bar.

Information on the event format

Experiment Presentation Participate and do it yourself Suitable for children

Venue information

Disability Access English speaking / suitable for international guests


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