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CERN Trip 2017

29 June 2017

On 29 June 2017 the Year 12 physics and chemistry students set off to Geneva with Miss Jackson and Mr Boothe for a visit to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research). Here, physicists and engineers study the basic constituents of matter and probe the fundamental structure of the universe using the world's largest and most complex purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors.

After a lecture, the group enjoyed a visit to the control room of the ATLAS detector (where the search for the Higgs boson was carried out), and research is undertaken to understand the extra dimensions and particles that could make up dark matter within the universe. We also visited a factory where more than fifty types of superconducting electromagnets are made – these magnets are needed to send the particles along complex paths within the LHC without losing speed. After lunch in Geneva we enjoyed a relaxing boat trip around Lake Geneva (in spite of the torrential rain) before heading home with minds buzzing!

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