Physics trip: Large Hadron Collider Exhibition
Do you know what the God particle is? Most people haven’t heard about it. And to start with I had absolutely no idea either. But a Physics school trip gave me welcome insights into the so-called “God particle”, more correctly known as the Higgs Boson. In the second half of the Spring term, our Physics tutor, Rhian Pritchard, took us to visit the Science Museum. It is in South Kensington, just behind the Natural History Museum: I was delighted to find that such a famous museum is located just around the corner from us. The main purpose of our visit was to see the Large Hadron Collider exhibition.
As the introductory video showed, the Higgs Boson was discovered by a very large scientific experiment in a 27km diameter circular collider in Switzerland. It is quite incredible isn’t it? I cannot even imagine how big it is! Fortunately, the exhibition gave me a chance to experience it. A 3D video plays as you stand in a space that is at the heart of the collision. It could not be more real and exciting, like a new idea coming into your head. In addition, there was a lot of information about the experiment. I didn’t understand all of it but I did grasp that the Higgs Boson is important because it gives other particles their mass. It also made me interested in the Large Hadron Collider and gave me a new perspective on Physics, one that was different from the textbooks we’ve studied. All in all, it was a very interesting and worthwhile trip.