A group of our Year 13 students are visiting CERN near Geneva today to talk to particle physicists about the ground-breaking research at the site, which is the world’s largest experiment. The Large Hadron Collider is located in a massive tunnel underground with its 27km circumference straddling the French-Swiss border.
Head of Physics Mr Gilyead, who is accompanying the students, said: ‘You don’t see a huge amount of the Large Hadron Collider as they are conducting experiments, it is way below ground plus it is four degrees above absolute zero which is very cold. It is all about finding out about fundamental particles, about how the universe was made. They are firing protons in opposite directions and when they smash together loads of particles are created and a massive amount of data is captured. . There are 3000 scienttists that work there, cooperating from all around the world and you get the feeling that people can get on well together. We have arranged for some PhD students to meet our students to they can find out more and realise that the physics they do in the classroom has practical applications in real life.’