The Physics department has recently returned from our third annual three residential visit to CERN, Geneva. 28 Year 12 physics students enjoyed a highly informative lecture from a CERN physicist and a tour of the CMS detector, one of 4 detectors of the Large Hadron Collider. The tour, led by another CERN physicist, took the students 100m underground to observe the control room from where the data from the proton collisions is analysed. Along the way our CERN physicist was able to explain and demonstrate how the LHC operates and describe how the protons are accelerated to almost the speed of light and made to collide. The students heard first-hand how the Higgs Boson was discovered and its importance in understanding how our Universe began.
We also had the chance to visit the two museums at CERN giving the students a hands on opportunity to understand how the proton beam is controlled and also the other applications and discoveries made at CERN. For example students were given the opportunity to investigate how to destroy a brain tumour using proton beam therapy.
When not visiting CERN our students were able to enjoy the delights of Swiss culture ranging from swimming in the famous Lake Geneva to a free volleyball tournament. Needless to say all the students had a wonderful time and the physics department looks forward to returning next year. Here are a selection of comments from our students.
Link to CERN article on Ogden website
The second day was the best because we got to go to CERN where we learnt a lot about the Large Hadron Collider. We learnt what changes are made and how they are using the hadron collider to discover new fundamental particles. The food in the CERN was very delicious and there were many choices to choose form. The weather was extremely hot so we went swimming in the lake. Thanks for a great trip.Gozde Gultekin
A great trip with lots of things to learn and a majestic city. The guide around CERN was interesting and I learned a lot of new information that I couldn’t have learnt in a classroom. In the museum I could see all the components and parts of the LHC and there were a lot of interactive activities to make it more fun.Mayan Patel Vaithilingam
I was able to get an in-depth understanding of what happens at CERN, understand and appreciate the importance of the research they do there. The scale and thought put into the LHC is awe-inspiring. This is the first time I’ve seen the product of minds coming together and it really makes me excited for the future of particle physics. Plus Switzerland is amazing.Deji Adeoshun
I enjoyed the tour around CERN and learnt a lot more about it. I would recommend this trip to anyone with an interest to physics.Dominic Philip Osumba Blanchet