Particle Physics masterclass at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

On the 8th March 12 Chipping Norton Physics students visited the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot. The trip was aimed at giving sixth formers a deepened understanding of the particle physics section of their A-Level studies. During the day there was a series of lectures from leading university professors and Large Hadron Collider particle physicists. This was interspersed with workshops – one of which saw Ben Nottingham discover the Higg’s Boson, or at least see the particle interaction that provided evidence for its existence!

The main highlight of the day was a tour of the Diamond Light Source by their Head of Communications – Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke. As the synchrotron was switched off students got to walk around all of the site seeing the many powerful magnets and X-Ray beam chambers.