The Higgs' Boson and Cancer Therapy
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 7-8pm
Suitability: 10 YRS+
Professor Steve Myers will talk about our relationship as a civilisation with particle accelerators. These sophisticated and often enormous machines provide us with insight into the dawn of the universe; however they are also in widespread use for the treatment of cancer, scientific research into the properties of materials and in security.
Today’s particle accelerators and detectors are among the most complicated and expensive scientific instruments ever build by mankind. The CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most recent and most powerful of these devices.
Belfast-born Steve will take us on his personal 42 year accelerator journey, through the development of cutting edge engineering at CERN, including the serious technical accident in the LHC, to the subsequent increase in performance that led to the discovery of the Higgs' Boson. The man responsible for running the LHC is now forging the use of accelerators in medicine, including proton beam cancer treatment.