Master Class in Particle Physics 2018

2018 Event

Master Class in Particle Physics here at Swansea!

I would like to invite you and your year 12 A level Physics students to a Masterclass in Particle Physics being run by the Physics Department at Swansea University.  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 2:40pm. You can choose one of the following dates:

Monday, 26 March and Monday 2 July 2018

The day starts with a lecture: Ministry of Sense: Hunting the HiggsDr Sam Gregson will present a highly interactive and comedic show which will see audience members in charge of making one of science’s greatest and most exciting discoveries.  By exploring their own thinking biases, forming their own ideas to solve problems, collecting and analysing data from the Large Hadron Collider using their own smart devices (please bring them along!) they can create mock Large Hadron Collider proton-proton collisions live!!

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 as well as your preferred event date.