On Friday 27th February 2015, the TCD School of Mathematics will join the International Masterclasses in particle physics. (http://physicsmasterclasses.org/) This gives secondary school students the opportunity to discover the world of quarks and leptons for themselves, by performing measurements on real data from CERN, to meet active particle physics researchers, and to link up with like-minded students from other countries. There will also be Masterclasses events at NUI Maynooth and at UCD.
The one-day event starts with a couple of introductory talks about our current understanding of particle physics, and the experimental facilities to study it. After lunch (sandwiches will be provided), the students will analyse recent data from the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Afterwards they are invited to a video conference where they will discuss and compare their results with student groups from around Europe and with moderators at CERN in Geneva.
For more information on the masterclasses, see the International Masterclasses web site.
Venue(s): Hamilton building, Trinity College Dublin (East End of the Trinity Campus, for a map see http://www.tcd.ie/Maps/map.php
09:15 Arrival and registration
09:30 Welcome and introduction with Prof. Sinead Ryan, Head of School of Mathematics
09:45 On our current understanding of Particle Physics with Prof. Joh Bulava, Assitant Professor, School of Mathematics
10:45 Particle Physics experiments with Elisa Pueschel, Postdoctoral Researcher, UCD
11:30 Break for lunch with lecturers and tutors
12:45 Analysis of CMS data from CERN
15:00 Video conference with CERN and students from other groups
We are inviting 5th and 6th year students to join us at Trinity College Dublin on the 27th of February 2015. Space permitting other secondary school students and teachers may also participate. To register your interest please send an email to Prof. Bulava including the following information:
name of school and year (5 or 6; if other please specify)
name of science/physics teacher
if you have applied to TCD please specify course
why do you want to participate? (a couple of sentences will do).
The numbers are limited to 40. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.