The glue that binds us all
Prof Peter Jones, University of Birmingham
Gluons are the force particles that stick quarks together to form protons and neutrons. Without them there would be no atomic nuclei, no atoms and no life. They are, quite literally, the glue that binds us all. In this talk, Prof Jones will explore the quantum description of forces and the role that gluons play in determining the structure of matter. Along the way, you will find out if it is possible to melt nuclear matter to form a hot soup of quarks and gluons; how the proton gets its spin; how particle detectors work and whether you would know anything about it, if you were zapped with 7 tera electron volts worth of energy!