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CERN trip is a quantum leap for physics students

Published on 19/05/17

Young physicists at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form have experienced the cutting edge of particle physics research in a visit to CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research).

The group of 52 physics students saw at first hand the Large Hadron Collider – a 17-mile underground tunnel near Geneva, Switzerland, that smashes particles together in order to understand the fundamental structure of the universe.

The LHC has been in operation since 2008, and recently identified five new sub-atomic particles that could help scientists explain what happened during the Big Bang.

As well as learning about CERN’s trailblazing research, the group visited the home of Albert Einstein – whose work on the theory of general relativity a century ago laid the groundwork for modern physics – in nearby Berne.

The trip was funded by The Mason Trust, a charity that helps young people in Norfolk and Suffolk to reach their full potential.

Shaun Watling, physics teacher at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, said: “The A Level physics course includes a large amount of particle physics study. What better way to learn about particle physics than to visit CERN?

 “We are very grateful to The Mason Trust for its support of our students for this trip. Without this funding, there were numerous students who would not have been able to make the visit.”