©Planeterrella
The polar light simulator

Scholars and students work

The Planeterrella is a subject of study for many students of all levels. Here, in this section, some of their work.

Undergraduate level

Olympics of Physics 1999
The Olympics of Physics (France) is an experimental science competition mainly on physics for teams of two to six students supervised by one or two teacher (s). Philippe Jeanjacquot, professor of physics at school Chaplin in Décine (Rhône) participates regularly. In 1999, while teaching at high school Pierre Brossolette in Villeurbanne, his students and him mounted a Terrella for the Olympics. I had the chance to visit them to explain the physics. They won the (...)

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Pre-engineer school grade

The "supervised personal initiative work" or TIPE is part of the entrance examination to the French engineer schools. The goal is to discover the scientific process by working a personal investigation. Students are encouraged to contact the researchers, to visit them. Each year, students choose the aurora, or related topics (space weather ...). At this level of education, it becomes possible to make terrellas (the Planeterrellas are still out of range) without the ongoing intervention of a (...)

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Engineer school

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Apprentice engineers have a practical approach of the experiment. The INSA- in Lyon offers a training for students aiming at working in the filed of art. Some like to work with the (...)

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University grades

page précédente | page suivante First to Sixth grade Seventh to Eleventh grade Undergraduate level Pre-engineer school grade Engineer school University grades Technological Universities
Since its creation in 2007, the Planeterrella has been the subject of academic research. Denni Fabien in master second year, has chosen to explain the physics. We quickly encountered (...)

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Technological Universities

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The University Institutes of Technology (IUT) offer training in both general (acquisition of scientific concepts and a good bases in general domains), technology (acquisition of (...)

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First to Sixth grade

Yannis On the morning of Friday, May 4th, we went to the IPAG (Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble). There, we met Jean. He explained what he had made with his colleagues by replicating and improving the Terrella invented by Kristian Birkeland between 1896 and 1917. This is a magnetized sphere in a vacuum chamber with a pump that sucks air. It was making light as aurorae. No other light was permitted otherwise it did not work. It was very interesting and beautiful to see. (...)

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Seventh to Eleventh grade

page précédente | page suivante First to Sixth grade Seventh to Eleventh grade Undergraduate level Pre-engineer school grade Engineer school University grades Technological Universities
The Planeterrella is well suited to college programs. Recently, Mz. Natacha Mantegazza, Professor of Physics - Chemistry in the Barnave College Saint Egrève (Isère) has prepared this (...)

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Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG)