Particle Physics Masterclasses
On Friday 20 March 2015, Maynooth University will join the International Masterclasses in particle physics for the fourth year running. These Masterclasses give secondary school students the opportunity to discover the world of quarks and leptons for themselves, by performing measurements on real data from CERN, meeting active particle physics researchers and linking up with like-minded students from other countries. We will join thousands of other secondary school students at more than 100 universities and laboratories around Europe and worldwide in a programme stretching over four weeks. There will also be Masterclasses events at TCD Friday 27 February and at UCD Monday 9 March.
Physics at the most fundamental level - the smallest and most basic building blocks of matter - is an exotic world. But a few introductory talks and working with data from CERN will give the students insight into the fundamental particles of matter and the forces between them, as well as what went on during the Big Bang.
In the morning, the students will be introduced to particle physics, experiments and detectors in lectures given by active particle physics researchers. After having lunch with lecturers and tutors, they work on their own with data from the ALICE collider at CERN. Afterwards they will participate in a video conference with students from Heidelberg, Frascati, Nantes and Paris and moderators at CERN, where they will discuss and compare their results.
For more information on the masterclasses, see the International Masterclasses web site.
Venue: Physics and Chemistry Theatre (PCT), Science Building, North Campus, Maynooth University (no 34 on this map)
0930 Welcome and introduction Prof D.M. Heffernan
0940 "Quarks, Leptons and the Forces of Nature" Dr. P. Watts
1100 "Particle Physics Experiments and the Little Bang" Dr. J-I Skullerud
1145 Break for lunch with lecturers and tutors
1300 Analysis of real data from the ALICE detector at CERN
1500 Video conference with CERN
and students from Heidelberg, Nantes, Frascati and Paris
1630 End. Presentation of Certificates of Participation
You can apply to participate by going to our registration page. Please note that the numbers are limited to 40, and so not all applicants will be invited to attend. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, but with preference given to 5th and 6th year students from the local area (North Kildare and adjoining areas) and applicants to Maynooth physics courses.
Please note that all attendees must arrange their own transportation to and from NUIM. The campus is well served with train and bus connections, including a large number of special bus services covering most of Leinster. For details, see the Maynooth University Transport web pages.