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Physics at Work 2020 - High Energy Physics Research Group

High Energy Physics

Q&A Session 14:15 - 14:45 on Tuesday 22nd September

We are a research group at the Cavendish Laboratory and we do experiments at the world's largest machine, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. We aim to explain the most fundamental particles and how they interact with each other.

What you will see

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Find out how the world's biggest machine is like a 3D digital camera as big as a cathedral taking snapshots of head-on proton-proton collisions 40 million times per second. See how the traces from tiniest particles moving at the speed of light can be captured and recorded and used to figure out what the universe is made of. Then see how we can use pieces from the huge CERN detectors in completely different and surprising ways to see what is inside sealed containers. Look with us into the future at what we might find next and what the next huge particle accelerator will look like.

The physics behind the scenes

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Understand how simple rules and a few building blocks are revealed as patterns in the elements. Get a glimpse of how a few fundamental particles and the forces between them explain the world around us. See how the same forces allow us to detect the disturbances made by the particles as they pass through our detectors.

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