Results from ATLAS and ALICE at CERN have shown the existence of a new particle within the energy range they expected the unstable Higgs particle to exist.
They are almost certain they have found it but need to carry out further tests to be 100% sure.
Having 'parked' on the M6 in long queues for what seemed like an age we arrived and Dr Nigel Watson gave the first lecture of the day. Students found out more of the work being done at CERN, how particle accelerators work and the behaviour and detection of neutrinos.
|Fact - The vacuum in the LHC is so good there is ten times more 'atmosphere' on the moon!
Fact - The temperature is so low in the LHC for the superconductors to function that it is colder than outer space.
Fact - Electric fields are used to increase the energy of charged particles and magnetic fields are used to steer them.
Students went on to use the Minerva software to actually analyse particle collisions that have been detected in the LHC.
They looked for the existence of electrons, muons, neutrinos and particle jets from the data they were given and what might have decayed to produce them.
Physics has never been so popular! Applications are up and students realise how highly a Physics degree is regarded and the many doors it can open.
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Click here to read the CERN press release