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Its Enrico Fermi’s birthday

Enrico Fermi was a brilliant Italian America physicist. Fermi’s  fission reactor work was included in the Manhattan project, on which he served as a consultant. He was awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 1938 for his “demonstrations of the existence of new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation”, and for his related discovery of nuclear reactions brought about by slow neutrons.

Fermi Worked at Columbia University, served for a short time on the General Advisory Committee of the Atomic Energy Commission, and In his later years, Fermi did important work in particle physics.

You might ask why Professor Fermi is relevant to this blog. The short answer is particle shock acceleration or diffused shock acceleration are terms which often refer to Fermi Acceleration, which describes “the acceleration that charged particles undergo when reflected by a magnetic mirror”. This is thought to be the primary mechanism by which particles gain energy beyond the thermal energy in astrophysical shock waves.

So, ParticleShock.com is in its own way, a nod to professor Fermi.

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