Oxford Particle Physics Online Masterclass

Oxford Particle Physics Online Masterclass

This week some of Caterham’s Lower Sixth Form physicists took part in the Oxford Particle Physics Online Masterclass. Our pupils were treated to a full day learning about how elusive subatomic particles such as the Higgs- and Z-bosons are detected at CERN. This culminated in them having to decipher data using a specialist piece of software called HYPATIA to look for tell-tale signatures of a yet undiscovered particle dubbed the Z-prime. This was an unmissable opportunity to mimic the activities of the phenomenologists and experimental scientists working on the ATLAS collaboration at CERN. Josh B remarked that the day was a ‘fantastic opportunity to learn some advanced physics’ with the ‘practical element’ of sieving through a real-world large data set being a highlight.

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