On Friday 6th July a group of A level Physics students from the The Long Eaton School visited CERN along with Mr Patrick, Miss Flood and Mr Dwyer.
CERN is also known as the European Centre for Nuclear Research and is the home of the famous Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC has a circumference of 26,659m and accelerates beams of protons to 99.9999991% of the speed of light! This enables scientists to study the different particles produced when the protons collide. The LHC is located on the border between Switzerland and France with its main headquarters being in Geneva.
We began by visiting the CERN museum:
We then visited LINAC 2, where the protons are produced:
The protons are then sent to the accelerators:
Our tour guide explained how the different experiments worked and is pictured here describing how the data from the ATLAS experiment is displayed:
During our tour we crossed the border into France:
We visited the LEIR accelerator, where lead ions are collided to recreate the conditions following the Big Bang:
After our visit to CERN we were able to take in some of the sights of Geneva before flying back to a very wet UK on Saturday!
Read more about CERN by visiting their website: http://public.web.cern.ch/public/