1 October 2016
Pupils Visit CERN – An Eye-Opening Experience!
A brief report on the trip to CERN by Marcello Visco
CERN is the single most convincing human collaboration that
I have ever seen. Visiting the site near the beautiful city of Geneva has been
an eye-opening experience. We are very lucky to have been able to go on this
trip, sponsored by the Joan Sewell Bequest Fund through the King’s College
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a wonderful machine but
there is far more to CERN than just the famous 27km particle accelerating ring.
The site is huge, almost a town in its own right.
Our tour of CERN lasted a full day. We were able to see one
of the storage facilities for the data produced in experiments, the antimatter
factory as well as eating lunch sitting amongst working scientists.
The fact this incredible engineering experiment works is an
enormous testament to human progress. I was speechless when I saw the
facilities. The amount of computing processing power was mind-boggling. For me,
learning about how they produced antimatter was a true highlight; we didn’t
even know that antimatter existed, we had mathematical proof but to be able to
create it and harness it is incredible.
This trip has really helped to expand my knowledge and
interest in particle physics; areas that I was not really drawn to before are
now looking very appealing to me. This is something I now wish to explore and
would like to learn more about in greater depth.