Collider

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Collider
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This is the closest you’ll ever get to the world’s greatest and most sophisticated science experiment

It’s found nearly 200 metres underground in Geneva, it’s 27km long and it famously proved the existence of the so-called ‘God Particle’, the Higgs Boson. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, and in an Australian first you’ll soon be able to ‘walk through’ the world’s most complex science experiment thanks to a new exhibition. 

Collider at the Powerhouse Museum will recreate the environment of CERN’s particle physics laboratory using theatre, video, sound and real artefacts from the Large Hadron Collider. It’ll be a highlight of the Sydney Science Festival (August 11-21) and visitors will be able to follow the journey of particle beams as they race around the accelerator in Switzerland. 

The exhibition comes from London’s Science Museum and it features a CERN control room, a wrap-around projection that simulates one of the LHC’s caverns, and a chance to interact with virtual scientists and engineers. It’ll also educate Australians on our connections to the LHC through the work of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP).

By: Emma Joyce

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