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Das Higgs-Teilchen und das dazugehörige Higgs-Feld sind für unsere Welt und den ganzen Kosmos von grundlegender Bedeutung. Das Higgs-Feld, welches das ganze Universum durchdringt, sorgt dafür, dass Elementarteilchen Masse haben. Erst wenn Elementarteilchen Masse haben, können sie sich mit...

DIY cloud chamber material

Particles coming from the universe are crossing the earth all the time – they are harmless but invisible to us. Cloud Chambers are detectors which make the tracks of the particles visible. Some decades ago these detectors were used at CERN in the first particle physics experiments. The following...

A Question of Survival

This presentation was given at TEDxTUM 2015 in front of a large public audience and was recorded and published on the TEDxTUM site, as well as on their YouTube channel.  It attempts to answer the question of why we do basic research by describing it as a necessary facet of human survival.

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This material was used for the 3rd annual CERN @Montreux Physics of Music / Music of Physics Workshop.  The workshops are held every year in the Petit Casino during the Montreux Jazz Festival.  These are from July, 2015.

http://mjf2015.web.cern...

My Life As A Proton

The talk was given to a public audience at Le Scandale in Geneva (21 May 2014), during an event called Pint of Science.  The talk tells the story of a proton from birth in the Big Bang to joining the LHC, including all of the embarrassing steps in between.

Picture of the "CERN experience 360" homepage

The "Experience CERN 360" web documentary (http://experience-cern360.fr) is a website in French developed by the CNRS, the CEA and the ExplorNova collaboration (CEA Irfu & iRélité/Capacités SAS) for the CERN 60th anniversary in 2014. 10 entry points...

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For over ten years primary and junior high schools have been visiting the Frascati National Laboratories (LNF) of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear
Physics (INFN), welcomed by willing searchers who accompany them to...

The International Cosmic Day enables students to get in contact with astroparticle physicists to get a first insight into their research, experimental methods and everyday work as a scientist. Some questions which will be adressed are:

  • What are cosmic particles?
  • Where do...

Video about the ALICE experiment at LHC, done in 2006, during the construction and installation phase of the experiment. It describes the experiment and its quest for the quark gluon plasma, the primordial state of matter which existed fractions of a second after the big bang and recreated by...

This online tool gives you a sense of scale for large particle accelerators. You can choose to place a ring of the size of the LHC, Tevatron or FCC on a map of your local area.

Take screenshots to use in your presentations when you visit other cities, to show the locals how big the LHC...

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The relatively young research field of astroparticle physics has been developing dynamically over the last years (see some experiments' webpages: ANTARES, Auger,...

These slides were used to introduce three different musical acts that were influenced by the physics of the LHC at CERN, the Voyager missions to the edge of the solar system, and cosmic rays from the far cosmos.  The images might be interesting for anyone making a presentation.

On the 4th of July 2012, CERN announced the discovery of a new particle, compatible with the Higgs boson. This video (in English and then French at 6:15) describes this important discovery and explains what are the Higgs field and the Higgs boson. 

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Affiche A0 qui s’adresse au grand public, qui explique ce qu’est le mécanisme Brout-Englert-Higgs, le boson de Higgs, pourquoi c’est important, comment on peut le chercher, comment s’est déroulée la découverte et qu’est-ce qui vient après la découverte. Aussi disponible en version anglaise. Pour...

Download the Poster via CDS at CERN: http://cds.cern.ch/record/1697389

A0 Poster targeted to general public, explaining the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism, the Higgs boson, why it is important, how we look for it, the journey of the discovery and what comes after the discovery. Produced by the ATLAS outreach group at CERN. Also available in French. Download the...

This was one of the CERN workshops at the Expanding your Horizons event in Geneva (www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/geneva/). Similar initiative than the one presented here:...

Liquid Nitrogen workshop performed by CERN at the Expanding Your Horizons event in Geneva (http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/geneva/).

 

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  • One large...

This is one of the workshops that CERN performed at the Expanding your Horizons event in Geneva (www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/geneva/). It can be performed in any high energy physics outreach event illustrating...

Presentation for general audience to explain what is the role of the Higgs boson. It introduces what are the fundamental particles and the Standard Model, then shows the role of the Higgs field and the Higgs boson. It also explains how it was discovered by the LHC experiments.

Presentation to explain to general audiences what is the Higgs boson. It reviews first what are the fundamental particles and the Standard Model, then explains the role of the Higgs field and the Higgs boson as an excitation of the field. It also shows how it was discovered at the LHC...

Presentation to explain what is dark matter, review the proofs of its existence and show the various attempts to detect it.

Le contenu de l'Univers

This presentation explains what is dark matter, reviews several proofs of its existence and shows the differents attempts to figure out what it is.

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-basics-of-boson-dave-barney-and-steve-goldfarb

Let's Begin…

In 2012, scientists at CERN discovered evidence of the Higgs boson. The what? The Higgs boson is one of two types of fundamental particles and is a particular game-changer in the field of particle physics, proving how particles gain mass. Using the Socratic method, CERN ...

A simple presentation to explain the excitement surrounding the discovery of the Higgs boson. Borrows heavily from other presentations but adds lots of animation. Two versions are included: one is in English only; the other is in English and traditional Chinese. Talk was given in Taiwan in...

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http://lisonbernet.ultra-book.com) et au verso un petit texte...

I'm a physicist: a career-day talk for 6th graders

I gave a career-day talk geared for 6th graders at Greenfield Public School in Philadelphia.  The presentation took about 20 minutes (with questions).  Follow-up questions took another 30 minutes.  It was given to Mr. Bentz's class on June 7, 2013.

Astroparticle physics is a young research field located at the interface between astrophysics, particle physics, astronomy and cosmology. Scientists worldwide are committed to school projects in order to give students insights into their research and answer questions like:
 

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WANTED BISON DE HIGGS

Au LHC, le grand collisionneur de particules du Cern, les physiciens ont observé une nouvelle
particule qui ressemble de près au boson de Higgs tant attendu !
Cette découverte est le fruit de collaborations internationales à très grande échelle : Atlas et
CMS. Les deux...

ATLAS Virtual Visit

Abstract. The newfound ability of Social Media to transform public communication back to a conversational nature provides HEP with a powerful tool for Outreach and Communication. By far, the most effective component of nearly any visit or public event is that fact that the...

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Victor Franz Hess's discovery of cosmic particles on August 7, 1912, DESY, Fermilab, QuarkNet and Network Particle World are organizing the 1st International Cosmic Particle Day.
 
School students from across the globe can participate on ...

This is a collection of high-resolution large banners useful for large wall displays. They include collages of images of the CMS detector in colour.
Go here for all files: https://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1274267 

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Cards represent the elementary fermions and bosons. Each particle has its own card which displays some information about its properties: electric charge, mass, lifetime, sensitivity to the weak and strong interactions. The game rules are those chosen by Nature (with some simplification when...

The ATLAS collaboration is made up of about 3000 contributors who have been working together across the world for almost 20 years. Peter Jenni, Former Spokesperson, ex-officio of the ATLAS Experiment is interviewed by ATLAS colleague Steven Goldfarb (U of Michigan, USA) to find out how it all...

 

An interview with Ana Henriques Correia, Tile Calorimeter System Project Leader, ATLAS Experiment at CERN by ATLAS colleague Steven Goldfarb (U of Michigan, U.S.A.). The ATLAS detector is built of many different components, each designed to measure properties of specific types of...

The website provides a summary of how teachers, physicists, education staff and exhibit professionals designed and built a permanent exhibition about Fermilab's science and technology. The story we wrote to guide our work is posted as are descriptions and photos of all the exhibits.
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Nino the neutrino travels from the Sun to the Earth with his friends (like a proton and a photon). But not everyone arrives to the INFN Lab's of Gran Sasso in Italy. And someone even can't stop there!
This funny cartoon shows the properties of the neutrinos. It's in Italian with English...

Showpiece of our exhibition is a spark chamber, that visualizes the continuous shower of cosmic particles. Various displays and models explain the basics of particle physics, modern experiments (emphasizing Austrian contributions) and applications in hi-tech and medicine.
As part of the...

A simple application that allows user to zoom out to the infinitely big, and zoom into the infinitely small, allowing the user to understand the scale of things in our universe.
This tool is great for classrooms as well as for anyone who just wants to play and learn!
See it here:  ...

 

ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb interviews colleague Fabiola Gianotti, ATLAS spokesperson. In this interview, Gianotti describes in simple terms the complexity of ATLAS construction and what it is designed to do. Topics covered include the numbers in the ATLAS collaboration, detector...

ATLAS is one of the largest and most complex science instruments ever built, designed to measure and identify particles coming from particle collisions. One of the most important measurements it makes is that of the energy of the particles. Stephen Goldfarb, ATLAS physicist (U of Michigan, USA)...

 

The ATLAS detector on the LHC will give us more and more data on particle collisions than has ever before been collected. How do ATLAS scientists select and keep the data that is important to them? In this interview by ATLAS's Steven Goldfarb (U Michigan), Wengler describes in simple...

 

In ATLAS, the very first component that is reached by colliding particles is the inner detector. As particles collide, their tracks, momentum and charge must be measured with the highest degree of precision. In this interview by ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb of colleague Pippa Wells...

 

The ATLAS detector is built with several layers designed to study different types of particles. At the outer-most layer lies the Muon spectrometer. ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb (U of Michigan, USA) interviews Ludovico Pontecorvo, ATLAS Muon System Project Leader to find out how the...

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Join the ATLAS Experiment on a fascinating journey to the beginnings of the universe. This pop-up book brings to life one of science's biggest adventures: the extraordinary quest to discover what the universe is made of, where it came from and how it works. Price 30 Swiss Francs. UK and US...

Expand Your Horizons is an international organization with the goal of promoting science and technology careers to young girls. In November of 2011, the second "Expand Your Horizons" conference in Geneva took place. This is an interactive workshop where 250 girls aged 9-14 years from France and...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #9 "The Big Bang in the Tunnel" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Created by DESY in Germany, it teaches how linear accelerators work. Exhibit visitors are invited to try the accelerator themselves.
It has been rebuilt (with small...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #9 "The Big Bang in the Tunnel" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Created by DESY in Germany, it teaches how large circular accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider work.
For more information on the exhibition or related exhibits,...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #6 "Where is the Antimatter?" of the exhibition "Weltmaschine". It teaches exhibit visitors how similar yet different matter and antimatter are by representing each with a box of sand.
The module consists of two transparent, containers...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #5 "What is the origin of mass?" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Built by TU Dresden and University of Würzburg.
Drawings can be obtained from Technische Universität Dresden (contact: Michael Kobel)
In this apparatus, paddles...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #6 "Where is the Antimatter?" of the exhibition "Weltmaschine". It explains the superposition of two stable states as the cause of particle-antiparticle mixtures.
For more information on the exhibition or related exhibits, see related...

This exhibition is based on the Weltmaschine exhibition that the community of German nuclear and particle physicists, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF, hosted in Berlin in the year 2008. Its exhibits inform visitors about CERN and the LHC, the world of...

The organizers of the German exhibition die Welt Maschine (2008), the German Executive LHC Outreach Group (GELOG), wanted to explain to exhibition visitors why it is necessary to understand the origin of mass. The animation studio Tricklabor was brought on board to help develop a concept for an...

For the project grenzgenial we developed this exhibit, which allows to interactively adjust the energy of the LHC. Displays inform about the current speed and energy of the protons, animations show the movement of the particles.
 
This model illustrates in a scientificly correct way...

10 min video explaining the history, the purpose and the day of the masterclasses.
Interviews with:
- the current and past moderators from CERN
- the students from France, Austria and the USA
- interviews with a french teacher
- interview with the creator of the CMS...

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This fact sheet highlights the importance of supporting particle physics research and experiments. Resulting technologies and knowledge is directly applicable to improving our daily lives. Concrete examples given here include advancements in Medicine, Homeland...

1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) fact sheet. Information provided gives a brief overview of the US CMS Remote Operations and Monitoring Centers as well as the US ATLAS Remote Monitoring Rooms. Subjects covered include mechanisms used (software, communication) shifts, locations and role of remote centers...

 
1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) fact sheet. Provides a short introduction to the US contribution to computing including the tier system and computing grid world-wide. Includes a bullet point list of facts on the US LHC computing centers and the Open Science Grid.
 
US LHC computing...

A 1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) fact sheet. Includes a map of the United States with dots showing the locations of all institutes in the USA involved in the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments. An alphabetical list of institutions by State is also included.
 
For this file as well as...

1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) Divided into two sections. Includes a brief introduction to the LHCb and TOTEM experiments on the Large Hadron Collider followed by factual data on the following:
LHCb:
Height, Width, Length, Weight, Design, Location of detector
TOTEM:
Size, Weight...

 
A 1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) Includes a brief introduction to the ALICE experiment on the Large Hadron Collider followed by factual data on the following:
Number of participants involved in ALICE
Number of US institutions collaborating-ALICE
Number of US States...

A 1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) Includes a brief introduction to the Large Hadron Collider followed by factual data on the following:
Number of US participants
Number of US Institutions involved
US States involved
US cost
US construction contributions
US operation...

1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) Includes a brief introduction to the CMS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider followed by factual data on the following:
Number of US participants involved in CMS
Number of US institutions collaborating-CMS
Number of US States contributing to CMS...

1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) Includes a brief introduction to the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider followed by factual data on the following:
Number of US participants involved in ATLAS
Number of US institutions collaborating-ATLAS
Number of US States contributing to...

A 1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) fact sheet.  Includes a brief introduction to the Large Hadron Collider followed by factual data on the following:
Number of US participants involved
Number of US institutions collaborating
US States contributing
Cost
US contribution for...

 

A 2 page/double sided A4 brochure. This brochure introduces the LHCb detector on the LHC at CERN. Topics covered include a brief introduction to LHCb on the LHC, the fundamental questions it seeks to answer, detector parts and their purpose and basics on the collaboration.
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Titled "CMS Particle Hunter," this colorful comic book style brochure explains to young budding scientists and science enthusiasts in colorful animation how the CMS detector was made, its main parts, and what scientists hope to find using this complex tool. Book invites young students to get...

The movie is to be regarded as "proof of concept" - it features footage filmed in the LHC tunnel and at CMS with a simple pocket 3D camera (Fujifilm Real 3D W1), and some animations done with Adobe Effects.
It exists in several versions, differing in length (4-15 minutes) and the intro....

Through hand drawn illustrations, this video creatively explains the basics on what we know about dark matter. Contents of this video are based on what the author learned during a conversation with physicists Daniel Whiteson and Jonathan Feng about Dark Matter and how CERN's collider is helping...

A full color 24-page booklet exploring the ATLAS Experiment's quest to discover answers to unknowns such as antimatter, the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe.
Free of charge.
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An award winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators and particle detectors from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
 
Scientific American review: "Berkeley National Laboratory's particle...

Look at telescope pictures of the Milky Way, and you’ll see countless stars, representing enormous mass. But there’s even more mass there that you can’t see! This Interactive will help you understand how scientists know that. Set up a galaxy with no dark matter, and look at the speeds of the...

Interview with Dave Charlton, Deputy Spokesperson of the ATLAS Experiment.
(2010). Charlton is interviewed by ATLAS colleague Steven Goldfarb (U Michigan, USA). Subjects covered include what is done with data collected from ATLAS, what has been found in the data so far, why particles in...

In 2009 twelve high school students won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair's "Best of Category" Award. The prize? A trip to Geneva, Switzerland to explore CERN. This short film made by one of the student winners, Eliza McNitt, documents these young scientists' experiences on...

The ATLAS detector is a highly sophisticated and complex tool. ATLAS physicist Stephen Goldfarb (U of Michigan) interviews colleague Benedetto Gorini, ATLAS Commissioning /Run Coordinator. In this interview, Gorini explains to viewers the ATLAS control room's role in ensuring the proper...

The ATLAS experiment will provide scientists with a lot of data which then must be analyzed and shared with the public. What does this process entail? In this interview by ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb (U of Michigan, USA), ATLAS Physics Coordinator Tom leCompte answers this important question...

The ATLAS detector on the LHC will give us more and more data on particle collisions than has ever before been collected. Out of all of this data collected how do ATLAS scientists select the data that is really important to them? In this interview by ATLAS's Steven Goldfarb (U Michigan), Chris...

Andreas Hoecker, Data Preparation Coordinator at ATLAS, explains to colleague Steven Goldfarb (U Michigan) the role of his team in analyzing data collected by the ATLAS detector. Subjects covered include the data transfer process from the ATLAS detector to the ATLAS Data Quality Control Room, on...

This interview of Dario Barberis, Computing Coordinator for ATLAS on the LHC at CERN is conducted by ATLAS colleague Steven Goldfarb, (U of Michigan, USA). Subjects covered in this interview include:
 
a. a brief description of how much data is collected, how much data is stored as a...

The NBI Colliderscope is a light-artwork placed on the facade of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. The work of art is connected directly to the world's largest physics experiment just outside Geneva, Switzerland.  The idea of the artwork is to create a direct sensuous and intuitive...

Short description of the cosmic timeline, particles and the creation of matter

This slice shows a colorful cross-section of the CMS detector with all parts of the detector labelled. Viewers are invited to click on buttons associated with five types of particles to see what happens when each type interacts with the sections of the detector. The five types of particles users...

This short video for general audiences gives an overview of the LHCb experiment located on the Large Hadron Collider based at CERN. The video is narrated by LHCb physicist Tara Shears and includes comments and explanations by CERN's Andrei Golutvin (LHCb Spokesperson), Susanne Koblitz (LHCb...

Showcasing pictures and video from the building of the ATLAS Experiment to the first splash of particles on September 10th 2008 accompanied by music. Commentary given by various scientists working within the collaboration.

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This book traces the stories of some of the more than 2000 technicians, engineers and physicists from 37 countries as they assemble the ATLAS detector on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN documenting every step with photos. This glossy, full-color hard cover book measures 25.5 cm X 24.5 cm. 168...

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500 piece puzzle of a photo of the detector, made by Ravensburger.
The puzzle can be purchased at the ATLAS Secretariat, Building 40, CERN, Switzerland.
Prices:
1 box @ 15 CHF a box
2 boxes @ 14 CHF a box
3 boxes @ 13 CHF a box
4 boxes @ 12 CHF a box
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Printed copies available by special order only. For further information contact:
A poster containing a collage of black and white portraits of women working on CMS along side a color photo of the CMS detector.
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A CD of Music composed and performed by members of the ATLAS collaboration.
In 2008 to celebrate completion of the detector, musicians within the ATLAS collaboration gave several high quality performances to enthusiastic audiences. Following this success, the idea for an ATLAS musical cd...

2-sided color print A4 size sheet containing the facts on the CMS Detector, its name, what it is designed to do, questions scientists hope to answer, collaboration members, detector parts and their functions, and other miscellaneous facts on the CMS detector. Printed copies of the English...

An interactive place "for everybody to learn about grid computing." This colorful interactive offers users information, games and on-line resources at a click on the following subjects:
 
-Grid Computing in 30
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-Five Big Ideas
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Cotton short-sleeved T-shirt with an image of a colourful particle collision on the back.
Colour: Black
Sizes: 9-11 years, 12-13 years, S, M, L, XL
Price: 15 CHF
 
For Sale through the CMS Secretariat, CERN, Switzerland.
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Ideal for use as an attractive paperweight, decorative object, souvenir or present. Size: 5x5x12 cm, comes with presentation box.
These special, unique items are on sale only at the ATLAS Secretariat, CERN Switzerland.
40 Swiss Francs.
 

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Even well known decision makers with good intensions who support the idea of particle physics need help in understanding what particle physics is really about.  Bill Clinton, former president of the USA, gave an hour long interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) in early 2011...

In order to improve the knowledge of the cultural diversity of the town of Meyrin, Switzerland (close to the main CERN site) organized an activity for children and parents called "Ethnopoly". CERN took part in the event as the next door neighbour and a big and multicultural orgnisation.
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A short presentation showing the relation between mass, energy, momentum and speed for relativistic and ultra-relativistic particles.
It uses as an example the CERN accelerator complex (for massive particles at different speeds) and the photon

An animation created of an actual ATLAS heavy ion collision event in 2010.
Duration: 1 min 12 Sec
To view or download this file, go here to the ATLAS website:   http://www.atlas.ch/multimedia/html-nc/...

A song written about the ATLAS experiment. Includes interesting facts about the experiment sung by members of the ATLAS Collaboration. Good for young and old(er) audiences.
Duration: 4 min 13 sec
Produced October 2010
CERN Copyright
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A rap song co-produced by American free-lance journalist and editor of the Atlas e-news at CERN, Katie Mc Alpine and Will Barras, student. Released in July 2008, this rap song explains to a beat what the LHC is and what its experiments are studying.
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Titled "LHCb - the Collaboration in Photos," this 77 page color photo book describes the LHCb experiment and its collaboration. Readers enjoy a straight forward written explanation with photos of how this international endeavor became a reality. Topics covered include how the idea for the...

This short video begins with LHCb physicist Dr. Tara Shears (University of Liverpool, England) explaining what the LHCb experiment studies on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and how this will help us answer a fundamental question about our universe: Why our universe is...

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