Master Class in Particle Physics 2017

2017 Event

Master Class in Particle Physics here at Swansea!

We have great pleasure in announcing our Masterclass in Particle Physics being run by the Physics Department at Swansea University for year 12 A level Physics students.  The event is free of charge, and is the only one of its kind being held in Wales this year.  The event starts at 10am and finishes at 2:30pm.

Monday, 27 March and Tuesday 4 July 2017

The day starts with a lecture describing the essentials of particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  

This is followed by a short introduction to the computer system ATLANTIS used at CERN to analyse collision events from the ATLAS detector.  Students will then have the opportunity to use this software in a practical session held in the computer laboratory and will identify for themselves events with elementary particles such as quarks, leptons, the W and Z bosons, and possibly the Higgs boson!

We then have a short discussion summarising what has been learnt in the practical session and answering the questions:  how did the LHC discover the Higgs boson and why is it so important?? 

We also include a presentation of the ALPHA experiment at CERN, where Swansea physicists have recently trapped the antimatter form of hydrogen for the first time.

We would urge you to register for this event quickly as places are limited and we are expecting a high demand. Please contact the event organiser, Gill Stallard on 01792 295720, email if you’re interested and we will send you confirmation of your booking.  We will also need to know the number of teachers v pupils attending.