On Thursday 2nd November, our Year 13 physicists enjoyed a tour of certain parts CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, seeing the CERN control centre and the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) detector. On the French-Swiss border, CERN houses the large hadron collider, the biggest experiment ever.
Physicists working on LHCb are trying to solve some of the deepest mysteries of the universe, such as “why is there more matter than antimatter?” The CERN canteen was also a hit, with a fabulous selection of reasonably priced and very tasty cakes and tarts.
The group also enjoyed a traditional Swiss/Savoyard meal of fondue in Geneva. We will visit the UN’s Palais des Nations on Friday.
The trip was part-funded by the Ogden Trust, a charity which promotes physics education.