Trinity Physicists Part of History-in-the-Making
On Wednesday 4th July a group of 20 Trinity Physicists were part of history-in-the-making when they made their annual flying visit to CERN. On that day the world’s media also gathered there to witness the historic announcement of the Higgs boson.
Dr Vincent Smith, MBE of Bristol University, was the students’ guide for the day. A particle physicist of some 30 years experience Dr Smith’s name will be amongst those credited with the discovery of the Higgs. After a quick introductory lecture in which pupils learnt, amongst other things, that CERN gave us the World Wide Web for free, they were whisked off to the site which houses a super-conducting magnetic test facility. Their next stop was to one of CERN’s four huge particle detectors, Compact Muon Solenoid - or CMS to the locals, where they heard the news proclaimed that the existence of the ‘God’ particle had been proved, primarily through their data.
Krishan Sareen (Year 12) summed up the day by saying “one thing is certain, none of us will ever forget where we were the day the Higgs boson was discovered”!
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