10 October - Physics students visit CERN

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Year 13 Physics students enjoyed a weekend in Geneva, visiting the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and its exhibits describing the origins of our current understanding of Particle Physics. They were given a talk by an expert on the history of CERN, visited the superconducting magnets fabrication hall and then toured the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) detector. This involved taking a lift 100m down to view the inside of one of the two detectors where evidence of the existence of the Higgs Boson was collected. Amazingly, this detector was going to be closed off the following day in readiness for the next scheduled run  of  the  Collider  in  March  2015.  Our students will be the last group to see this until 2018. Thank you to the Physics staff for running this very intense, but hugely enjoyable weekend which concluded with visits to the Geneva History of Science Museum and a boat trip on Lake Geneva.


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