03 Dec 2019







​Our annual masterclasses are primarily intended for those students taking modules which 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.

This is one of a set of Masterclasses organised by the High Energy Particle Physics Group of the Institute of Physics throughout the UK.

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Computer exercise login instructions: ​PPM-DataExercise_LogIn.pdf


Instructions - Computing Workshop​

If you have been sent a login id for monty follow the instructions he​re:​​PPM-Da​taE​​xercise_LogIn.pdf

​If you don'​​​​t have a monty login id you can use the alternative on MyBinder

Some FAQs answered here: 

I don't have any login info?

Dead kernel error

  • Click on the kernel tab at the top and choose 'Restart kernel'
    • If the error persists after restarting kernel. On monty go to file -> hub control panel, and then click stop server. After a few seconds a start button should show up which should hopefully work. If not ask us in the Q&A

Nothing appears after running the code

  • Try opening the 'Run' tab and clicking 'Run Selected Cell'
  • It can also take a little while to calculate, especially when there's a lot of people using it at once. If there is a [*] to the left of the cell, it means it is still calculating.
    • If it is still not calculating or taking too long, try restarting the kernel, or refreshing the page, and  this should hopefully fix it

Error after running code “NameError: name '….' is not defined"

  • This means you haven't run code earlier which imports the package (e.g. numpy). Go back and run the code which will look something like this: “import …. as .."




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A Very Brief Guide To Accelerators.pdf     -  Tom Williams 

Fundamentals of Particle Physics.pdf       -  Emmanuel Olaiya

The Large Hadron Collider.pdf                -  Benjamin Radburn-Smith

Applications of Accelerators.pdf              -  Rob Edgecock


The very first Masterclass at RAL was held in 1998 when we entertained 114 students from ten different schools. Our popularity increased and in the year 2000 we attracted over 200 students and separate Masterclasses had to be organised over two days to cope with the numbers! This demand continued in 2001 with attendance having to be restricted to 245 students from 19 schools.  In 2002 we adopted a three-day format and routinely entertained 500 students each year for the next ten years. In 2012, we went to a four-day format and accommodated approximately 700 participants.​



For general information, please contact:

Dr. Emmanuel Olaiya
Tel: +44 (0)1235 778099
Fax: +44 (0)1235 446733

​Dr. Julie Kirk
Tel: +44 (0)1235 445965
Fax: +44 (0)1235 446733

Public Engagement team contact:

Lauren Mowberry
Tel: +44 (0)1235 445789
Fax: +44 (0)1235 446665

Contact: Kirk, Julie (STFC,CERN,PPD)