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Visit to CERN

Published on 06/07/18

On Thursday 5 July Miss Jackson and Mr White accompanied fourteen Year 12 Physics and Chemistry A Level students to Geneva to see the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This year we were fortunate to be able to visit the "Antimatter Factory" which houses the Extra Low Energy Antiproton (ELENA) decelerating ring. ELENA has been designed to be connected to the "Antiproton Decelerator" (AD), which has been in service since 2000. The AD is a unique facility that enables the study of antimatter. Antimatter can be thought of as a mirror image of matter and it remains a mystery for physicists. For example, matter and antimatter should have been created in equal quantities at the time of the Big Bang— the event at the origin of our Universe. But antimatter seems to have disappeared from the Universe. Where it has gone is one of the many questions physicists are trying to solve with the AD machine. After our visit to CERN we were able to enjoy a boat ride around Lake Geneva in the sunshine before catching our flight to return to school.