• Question: Why do you experiment with tiny, tiny objects?

    Asked by sadia12345 to Nicola on 12 Nov 2013.
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      Nicola Potts answered on 12 Nov 2013:

      Good question!

      Experimenting with tiny objects is hard! I spend so much time on the floor looking for things I have dropped and can’t see them because they are so small!

      They have to be so small otherwise I wouldn’t be able to put them under the same pressure.
      I am trying to make conditions similar to inside a planet which has loads of pressure on it. The smaller the objected the easier it is to put under this pressure (and the quicker I can heat it up) because it has less mass.

      If my experiments were the size of a tennis ball I’d need something the size of a building to get the same conditions. This wouldn’t be practical and it would be REALLY expensive!