This Science tour is a great way for your students to learn about CERN, particle physics & our place in the universe.
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most powerful particle accelerator ever built. The accelerator sits in a tunnel 100 metres underground at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 22 member states
What is the LHC?
Why is it called the ‘Large Hadron Collider’
Large refers to its size, approximately 27km in circumference
Hadron because it accelerates protons or ions, which belong to the group of particles called hadrons
Collider because the particles form two beams travelling in opposite directions, which are made to collide at four points around the machine