This project is a collaboration between the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Nuclear Safety and Training (KSU) and involves using tones to explain something as abstract as the internal structure of nuclei and the ionizing radiation that they can emit. The idea to compose gamma cascades were hatched in conjunction when we worked with KTH and KSU for a couple years ago with information films about ionizing radiation.
Ionizing radiation is a natural part of the environment but also occur in forms that are created artificially, for example, in medical diagnostic radiology. Ionizing radiation can take several forms – alpha, beta and gamma – and is so energetic that it can knock out electrons from the atoms that it collides with, which turns atoms into ions. Different isotopes, which are atoms of the same element but with different numbers of neutrons and therefore different mass numbers, with a characteristic combination of energies in their radiation. This gives a unique fingerprint of gamma energies for a specific isotope.
As you can see it isn´t that easy to understand. So we did two films, one site to make the public more interested to learm more about radiation. Here´s the films:
Now we are working on a live instrument for this and we did a talk about this on TEDx Gothenburg.