"Last week, 18 U6 Physics students and 3 staff set off for Geneva with the primary purpose of visiting the CERN facility where cutting edge research is conducted into Particle Physics. Our first session at the facility took us to the 'Universe of Particles' where interactive displays showed the deep world of particle physics and some of CERNs most important discoveries. We also saw the 'detector graveyard' where decommissioned particle detectors are displayed giving an insight into how much the engineering and technology of the facility has advanced.
Our second session at CERN consisted of a presentation and tour of two of the many sites of the facility. First we visited SM18, where different superconducting magnets are tested before being put into the Large Hadron Collider. We were able to have hands on experience with sections of these 15m long magnets and found out about the engineering challenges in constructing these complex machines. Our second site was the CERN control centre, where the whole operation is managed. It was intriguing watching the small group of physicists controlling such a massive and expensive system all from one room! In addition to the science, we saw some of the great sites of Geneva, including the Jet d'Eau, St. Peters cathedral and the Red Cross and MEG museums. Another highlight was going to the 'Palace of Nations', the headquarters of the UN in Europe. We received a guided tour of the spectacular buildings and even saw a UN meeting in progress! All this together with a huge daily consumption of cheese fondue made for a great 4 days. I would like to thank Mr Clifford, Dr Jukes & Mr Cook for making the trip so exciting and memorable."
Ollie Lanchberry U6