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A programme to impart knowledge of and enthusiasm for particle physics to essentially all non-expert target audiences by the use of LEGO bricks and models of particle physics experiments built from these.

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Cover of the 9th issue of the "Elémentaire" magazine

9th issue, published in September 2016. This new issue and all previous editions are available for free download at http://elementaire.lal.in2p3.fr.
 

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...

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...

A collection of 7 views on the p-Pb run from experts with different roles (theoretical, experimental and machine physicists) who were closely involved on both the LHC and the ALICE side. The physics motivation for p-Pb collisions at the LHC is described as well the challenges involved for the...

Five of the leading players in the history of the experiment give personal accounts on the making of ALICE from the initial ideas to the realisation of A Large Heavy Ion Collider Experiment:

EMANUELE QUERCIGH  https://www.youtube.com/...

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...

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...

At the Particle Physics Masterclasses participants analyse real data from CERN. If you are planning to have a Masterclass at your school or institution, it is recommendable to prepare students in advance for this event. The hand-out contains of a description of the research task, a short...

ATLAS is a modern detector for elementary particles located are CERN. It allows to trace particles that are generated at proton collisions at the LHC. This package allows you to understand the fundamental principles of the detector. The main document consists of worksheets, videos, a...

Do-it-yourself cloud chamber

The cloud chamber is one of the oldest detectors for elementary particles. A simple type of a cloud chamber can be built with materials that are easy to purchase. This instruction shows how to build a cloud chamber and gives information on the traces left by particles as well as the particles...

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...

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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Il y a 8 cartes postales en tout. Chacune comporte au recto un dessin de Lison Bernet (http://lisonbernet.illustrateur.org,
http://lisonbernet.ultra-book.com) et au verso un petit texte...

Hangout with CERN (Wednesdays at 17:00 CET)

Buried 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to high energies and then collides them in four different underground halls. Inside...

Students attending Researcher Night Masterclass at ATLAS

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

Education & Outreach in ATLAS Control Room

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

Education & Outreach in ATLAS Control Room

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

Panneau de présentation de l'exposition "Le Mystère des rayons cosmiques"

Les 15 panneaux de cette exposition retracent l'histoire des rayons cosmiques, depuis le long processus qui a mené à leurs découvertes jusqu'aux expériences les plus récentes qui, au XXIème siècle, étudient encore ces particules en provenance du cosmos.
Plus d'une dizaine de copies de l'...

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 

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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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...

 

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...

 

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...

The CMS collaboration welcomed a class of French high school students to the CERN facility in Meyrin, Switzerland on the 12 of March, 2012.  Students spent the day meeting with physicists, hearing talks, asking questions, and participating in a hands-on exercise using real data collected by the...

This multiple-choice quiz is designed for High school students and will be used in the video conferences of International Masterclasses 2012.

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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...

A poster which is identical to the two inside pages of the CMS brochure. The poster contains an image of a cross section of the CMS detector, explanation of detector parts, the aims of the CMS experiment and numbers of scientists and institutions associated with the experiment.
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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) 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...

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 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...

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...

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 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...

Well made presentation of CERN, particle physics and the big experiments.
 
 
 

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...

The SKALTA experiment (SlovaKiAn Large-area Time coincidence Array) measures secondary cosmic rays originating from a primary particle with energy more than 10^14 eV. The experimental setup has similar architecture as the successful projects ALTA (in Canada) and CZELTA (in Czech Republic) (see...

International Particle Physics Masterclasses (MC) have become a phenomenon. 8000 high school students from 22 countries evaluate real LHC data at 99 universities across the world every year.
From my point of view it is an extremely successful event. However, it is only a one day thing. We...

This is follow-up of the "Masterclasses with Cosmic Rays" held in Slovakia.  We took another opportunity to do Masterclasses with cosmic rays. In this time it was international group of high school students (35) attended an international project: "Let's discover the mysteries". Five countries...

The SKALTA experiment (SlovaKiAn Large-area Time coincidence Array) measures secondary cosmic rays originating from a primary particle with energy more than 10^14 eV. The experimental setup has similar architecture as the successful projects ALTA (in Canada) and CZELTA (in Czech Republic)(see...

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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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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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...

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Polo shirt with an embroidered CMS logo.
Colour: Bordeaux
Sizes: Adult S, M, L, XL
Price: 25 CHF
 
Can be purchased through the CMS Secretariat, CERN, Switzerland.
http://cms.web.cern.ch/cms/Souvenirs/...

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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"Codename Eurostar" is the first film of the series‘Colliding Particles." Gavin, Jon and Adam have a cunning plan to find the Higgs Boson, an elusive particle which physicists have been trying to find for over 40 years. One of the main aims of the the LHC is to discover once and for all whether...

LUCID, or Langton Ultimate Cosmic ray Intensity Detector, is the latest project of the Langton Star Center at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury, UK. It is part of the CERN@School program which brings science of the Large Hadron Collider at...

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.
See here on Youtube:...

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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...

Color image of the CMS detector with parts clearly labeled. Some versions of the Poster include parts labeled and short explanations of each part's main function. 
2010 Version
 

Color image of the CMS detector with parts clearly labeled. Some versions of the Poster include parts labeled and short explanations of each part's main function. See related document for other versions.
Produced 2010

A typical event display from the LHCb experiment on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Event was taken in May 2010.

Professor Peter Watkins of University of Birmingham, UK, gives a brief explanation of the Large Hadron Collider and the ATLAS experiment. In this short overview, he describes the following:
1. What scientists are researching at the LHC
2. The LHC and how it works
3. The main...

Video based on displays of lead-lead collisions from the ALICE experiment at LHC, with soundtrack using distorted bass guitar and image sonification.
 
More information about it can be found at http://alicematters.web.cern.ch...

Cartoon on the ALICE experiment, the detector and the physics

This colorful 3D animation is an excerpt from the film "ATLAS-Episode II, The Particles Strike Back." Shot with a bug's eye view of the inside of the detector. The viewer is shown the inner, middle and outer sections of the ATLAS detector. The narrator describes how different parts of the...

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A cotton t-shirt with the ATLAS logo on it. Logo designed by US actor Alan Alda.
Shirts are available for purchase from the ATLAS Secretariat, CERN, Geneva Switzerland.
Price: 20 Swiss Francs
 

ATLAS Secretariat

CERN

Location:  Building 40, Floor 4...

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2 Styles available:
1. Zip-up jacket style with hood
2. Sweatshirt style with hood.
Each style includes the ATLAS logo and an event display.
 
Colours are light blue, black, red, khaki, navy and grey.
Price: 30 CHF.
 
Limited number of each size...

TOTEM Photographic Poster

Includes an illustration of the CMS detector surrounded by cross-sections of its parts with brief explanations of each of their functions. Also includes a short explanation of what CMS aims to identify and measure at the LHC.
Published in 2006.
Printed copies available for English,...

"Big Bang Day" is the second film of the series ‘Colliding Particles." At 10.28am on 10 September 2008 the first beam of protons was successfully steered around the full 27 kilometres of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Adam introduces us to life at CERN and the excitement...

A 7-minute animation showing the construction of the main structural components of CMS in the surface hall at Cessy, together with a brief overview of the installation in the experimental cavern.
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This 17-minute long animation shows the construction of the main structural components of CMS in the surface hall in Cessy and offers a detailed overview of the installation in the experimental cavern.
Produced by: CERN Multimedia Production Unit
Director: Silvano de Gennaro
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This colorful 3D animation is an excerpt from the film "ATLAS-Episode II, The Particles Strike Back." Shot with a bug's eye view of the inside of the detector. The viewer is taken on a tour of the inner workings of the detector, seeing critical pieces of the detector and hearing short...

A color animation of the high-energy collisions at 7 TeV on the 30th of March in the CMS detector. Run 132440 - Even 4285681 Produced by the CMS team. Files of animation of detector with collisions also included.
 
Duration: 25 seconds
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A virtual tour guided around the CMS assembly site in Cessy by CMS physicist David Barney.
 
Produced November 2006
Duration: 32 minutes

A colorful 3D illustration of the CMS Detector. Just the image is included. No labels or explanations included.

This video concentrates on the LHC and the strangeness of our universe it is designed to study.  Subjects include
What happens within the LHC
Theory of relativity
How "Sat Nav" or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) work for cars and the possibility of errors in their measurement...

This sporty tour of the CMS experiment is narrated in English by PhD student Alison Lister. Perched on her mountain bike, Alison rides around CERN giving an overview of the basics of particle physics. She then takes us on a tour of the CMS experiment and explains how CMS was constructed, housed...

This is a multi-media installation about the physicists behind the ATLAS Experiment created in 2010 by Claudia Marcelloni and Neal Hartman. Since October 2010 is being shown at the Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham, UK and will remain there until January 2011.
This installation...

1st episode in a 3 part series that uncovers the mysteries of the ATLAS Experiment.
Produced by: Michael Barnett - Erik Johansson - Amelia Maio
Director: Joao Pequenao
Running time 7:13.
2006 CERN Copyright

ATLAS, The Particles Strike Back is the second episode in a three part series that uncovers the mysteries of the ATLAS experiment.
Produced by: Michael Barnett - Erik Johansson
Director: Joao Pequinao
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This e-tour is an on-line virtual lesson with four main parts: "Introduction," "Physics," "Experiment," and "Accelerator."
Target audience: General Public
 
"Introduction" e-tour:
Provides a brief intro to particle physics and the lead up to the creation of the LHC....

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3D viewer with slides of the ATLAS detector and actual collision events in 3D.
The 3D vieweris 5 CHF and can only be purchased at the ATLAS Secretariat in Bldg. 40 at CERN in Switzerland; they cannot be ordered online
http://...

A short film shown in 3D at the the ATLAS Visitors Center at CERN. Here is the 2D version.
This film shows highlights of the assembly of the ATLAS detector in the ATLAS cavern. The film opens with a scientist in a hardhat entering the secure area of the building which houses the ATLAS...

This is a 1 minute long time-laps video of the construction of the ATLAS detector. This film also exists in 3 and 5 minutes.
See here for all versions:  http://www.atlas.ch/multimedia/#atlas-built-1-minute

This award winning film gives a glimpse behind the scenes of building the ATLAS detector.
It asks:

  • Why are so many physicists anxious to build this apparatus?
  • Will they be able to answer fundamental questions such as: Where does mass come from?
  • Why...

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