Event Date: 22 June 2017
Dr Stephen Gibson (RHUL) – The Big Bang Experience! A brief history and future of the LHC
If you’ve watched the characters in The Big Bang Theory TV show, then you may think of particle physicists as an odd bunch: why do boffins spend their time in huge underground laboratories like CERN accelerating particles in endless circles like an enormous train set? How do you get a train of particles to nearly the speed of light anyway, and why would you want to? What happens when the particles collide? Might anything go wrong? Or could a particle accelerator one day save your loved one’s life?
Find out! Join Royal Holloway’s Particle Accelerator Physicist Dr Stephen Gibson, and friends, as they guide you with live demonstrations on the wonders of the Large Hadron Collider, and how it is unlocking the secrets of nature. Learn why it was built, how it works and how Dr Gibson’s team are helping to stop it self-destruct (again) in an explosion of liquid helium!
Introduction by Anna Christodoulou (SEPnet/Ogden Trust Outreach Officer) and Professor Pedro Teixeira-Dias (HoD Physics, RHUL):