An introduction to particle physics (new short course)

7.00pm to 8.30pm (every Monday), Monday 16 February

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  • An LHC collision in which a Higgs Boson is produced.

    Credit: CERN


Standard £200
Members £180

This covers all six sessions.

Event description

Particle physics is the study of nature at the highest energies and shortest distances that we can probe in a laboratory, an ambitious attempt to construct a fundamental picture of what the universe is made from and how it works.

In this brand new short course, led by Cambridge physicist Dr Harry Cliff we will discuss the current state of particle physics and the key experiments and insights that led to the development of the Standard Model. As the Large Hadron Collider prepares to restart at even higher energy we will also explore some of the unsolved problems in particle physics and how theorists and experimentalists are trying to solve them.

In this course you will learn:

- How the Standard Model describes matter and forces in terms of quarks, leptons and gauge bosons.
- How a century of experiments and theoretical insights led to the Standard Model.
- A simple introduction to quantum mechanics and special relativity, the two revolutionary ideas that led to modern 'quantum field theory'.
- What the Large Hadron Collider is, how it works and why it was built.
- What the Higgs boson is, why it matters and how it was discovered.
- What questions remain to be answered and how experiments in both particle physics and astronomy are helping us to attack them.

Timetable (all classes start at 7pm):

- Mon 16 February
- Mon 23 February
- Mon 2 March
- Mon 16 March
- Mon 23 March
- Mon 30 March

Please note that there will not be a class on Monday 9 March. 

The course costs £200 (£180 Members) for six sessions, including all course materials and refreshments. The course is for interest only, with no qualification, examination, or certificate of attendence at its conclusion.

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