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STFC Particle Physics Masterclass

Mr Hammond and 13 A level physics students were privileged to spend the day at the Rutherford Appleton laboratories in Oxfordshire. We heard talks form a range of working particle physicists as well as analysing real data collected from the ATLAS experiment at CERN. We were also given a tour of the diamond light source facility, the UK’s largest particle accelerator.

We enjoyed the lectures about the LHC and the tour of the Diamond Light source facilities as it showed practical applications of what we had learnt in our A2 lessons. It also showed us that you can take many different paths to reach a career in science. We also thought that the computer workshop was less interesting and could have been more engaging.Jamie and Alex 13E
The trip was very enjoyable as we got to see what we have been learning gin action in a real life facility. I especially enjoyed the lectures and learning advanced things about the field of particle physics. I also enjoyed how they showed us what paths are available down the line for jobs in particle physics. I would recommend this trip to my friends who are interested.Joshua, Douglas-Evans 12D.
To listen to scientists give lectures and to hear about what actually happens at CERN was very interesting and a great experience. To get a better understanding of the Higgs Field and the Higgs Boson really sparked my interest and got me thinking about the physics. Having a look at how Atlas detects different sub atomic particles was I think will prepare me better for A2 physics and understand the physics behind it. I also enjoyed seeing the particle accelerator and understanding what Diamond actually do. One small comment would be that the day was not targeted at schools outside of oxford as we missed some of the lectures/activates.Stephen Mason 12L
I really enjoyed working with the actual data from Atlas and it was interesting to hear about the applications of particle physics in medicine. The lectures gave a real insight into life at a place like CERN as well as the applications of the science we had learnt about both in research and commercially.Kitty, Sam, Theo and Matthew
It was an inspiring and thought-provoking visit. I absolutely loved acting like an actual particle physics data analyst and examining genuine data from ATLAS. It exceeded my expectations in general.Alex