CERN Trip February 2018
The Ogden partners (WKGS and Upton-by Chester outside CERN)
As partnership schools of the Ogden Trust, West Kirby Grammar School and Upton-by-Chester took a large group of A-level Physics students to visit the world renowned CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It is one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental Physics - finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works.
Hard Hats Physics on the Lake!
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest particle accelerator and is used to recreate the conditions straight after the Hot Big Bang a staggering 13.7 Billion years ago! The accelerator itself is a vast 27km in circumference and is built 100m underground on the Switzerland, France border. In the LHC, two beams of protons are accelerated to over 99.9% of the speed of light and then smashed into each other! There are four massive particle detectors placed around the accelerator that are used to detect the new and very short lived particles that are created in the collision.
Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Detector
During our exclusive tour of CERN we got to see up close and 100m underground, the famous Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector. This is one of the detectors that back in 2012 found evidence for the most elusive fundamental particle, the famous Higg’s Boson. It is the Higgs Boson that is responsible for giving particles their mass and won Professor Higgs a Nobel Prize in 2013.
The CMS detector (25 m diameter, but its still called 'compact') Exploring Geneva
Although it was only a flying visit, which included a one night stay in Geneva, it was; action packed, informative, extremely enjoyable and truly a trip of a lifetime!