22 Feb 2011









Our annual masterclasses are primarily intended for those students taking modules that include particle physics at '​A' or 'AS' level but are also open to any physics student or teacher interested in studying or teaching the subject. The Masterclasses will consist of a mixture of talks given by researchers in the Particle Physics Department, hands-on practical sessions and visits to experimental facilities

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​​Resources to help understand some of the basics of particle physics and for those with some background
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Resources to learn more about what it's like to work in the   Particle Physics Department at STFC​​​
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​Videos about placements, events, and experiments in the ​​Particle Physics Department



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Information about the micro:bit, a pocket-sized computer, and workshop training to get primary school introduced to coding in a fun and engaging way. 


​Dr. BEN SMART, who is currently working on the development of data acquisition for the ATLAS pixel detector and the preparation of the RAL facility for pixel module loading and testing.​​​​

Prof BILL MURRAY, ​​ a joint academic with Warwick University who is currently engaging with future collider projects. He was also the ATLAS Higgs Convener in the run-up to Higgs discovery 2012 and then Physics Coordinator. 

Dr. EMMANUEL OLAIYA, an experimental particle physicist who works mainly on beyond the Standard Model physics such as Next-to-Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (NMSSM), Z prime bosons and Quantum Black Holes. He is also an expert in computing and software. ​

Dr. JENS DOPKE, a Senior Detector Scientist working on assembly of, electronics for and data acquistion from, large Particle Physics experiments. Currently mostly involved in ATLAS, he also invests time into design and test of future detector systems, as well as reaching out towards arts and humanities through X-ray based imaging projects with the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

​​STEPH HILLS, the European Communications and Stakeholder Manager for STFC at CERN​, currently working ​in the CERN UK Press Office.​


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This page contains links to posters that are or will be, on display in the RAL PPD Exhibition Room.​​

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​​This page contains links to slideshows of the posters that are or will be, on display in the RAL PPD Exhibition Room.

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A game that puts you in the control room of one of CERN’s particle physics experiments. A series of particle tracks will appear on our detector display and we need you to identify what they are.


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Physicists and engineers at CERN use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – fundamental ​​particles. Subatomic particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives us clues about how the particles interact ​and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature

At ATLAS physicists test the predictions of the Standard Model, which encapsulates our current understanding of what the building blocks of matter are and how they interact. These studies can lead to ground-breaking discoveries, such as that of the Higgs boson, physics beyond the Standard Model and the development of new theories to better describe our universe

CMS acts as a giant, high-speed camera, taking 3D “photographs” of particle collisions from all directions up to 40 million times each second. By identifying (nearly) all the stable particles produced in each collision, measuring their momenta and energies, and then piecing together the information of all these particles like putting together the pieces of a puzzle, the detector can recreate an “image” of the collision for further analysis

Find out more: ​CMS outreach videos

LHCb is an experiment set up to explore what happened after the Big Bang that allowed the matter to survive and build the Universe we inhabit today

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is a leading-edge, international experiment for neutrino science and proton decay studies. Discoveries over the past half-century have put neutrinos, the most abundant matter particle in the universe, in the spotlight for further research into several fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the evolution of the universe — questions that DUNE will seek to answer.​

​​STFC has a Public Engagement Manager covering particle physics, astronomy and other sciences.​


Contact: Osipova, Ekaterina (STFC,RAL,PPD)