On Sunday 2 March 2014 Mr Mason and nine Upper Sixth Physics students set off for Switzerland to visit CERN. The students visited the main site of CERN at Meyrin just outside of Geneva and saw some fascinating exhibits of the history of particle Physics and the development of European nuclear research.
The group were given a personal guided tour of two cutting edge facilities and were fortunate enough to be shown round the only anti-hydrogen production facility in the world. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, however it is situated 100 metres underground and access is controlled by strict security, so school visits are not possible. By seeing the machines and facilities up close, students were able to see the exact workings of objects described in class and studied for months. During the tour there were plenty of questions posed to the guide regarding supersymmetry, black holes, string theory, the history of quantum mechanics and a myriad of other areas of Physics!
By the end of the trip to CERN an exhausted group welcomed the journey back to the guesthouse in Lausanne. The trip also included a walking tour of Lausanne with wise guide ‘Aldo’ and plenty of opportunities to marvel at the gothic architecture and history of both Lausanne and Geneva. The trip culminated with a relaxing boat trip around Lake Geneva with the stunning Alps providing a backdrop to a truly beautiful view.