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This event will bring students, teachers and scientists together to talk and learn about Cosmic Rays.

  • What are cosmic particles?
  • Where do they come from?
  • How can they be measured?

During the...

What is the Higgs particle? What are fundamental interactions? How to educate about particles physics in school?

The Netzwerk Teilchenwelt developed together with Joachim-Herz Stiftung a series of 4 books for teachers to help them to prepare their lessons.

The books include...

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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Where do we live ? What are we made of ? Why are we here ? When did it all start and when is the end ? A key for possible answers to these vital questions of life may lie in a captivating connection of an infinitesimally small and an immensely big. Physicists are persistently banging on the door...

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...

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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...

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.
 

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The Universe as a glass of beer

This talk was given at TEDxOporto 2016 to a large, general public audience.  It attempts to address the question, posed by a young student: "How do we measure what we can't see?" The talk addresses this in three parts:

  1. What we currently know...
Higgs potential and fundamental physics

Physics associated with the Higgs potential is rich and very interesting. I
believe it deserves efforts aimed at explaining it to high school students even
though the subject may appear complex, even formidable at times. Before we
embark on this task we might benefit from an...

APS Guide

From the guide:

This guide was created to provide ideas, opportunities, and most importantly “how-to” information regarding physics outreach programs. The goal of the Guide is to arm you with all the information you will need to do outreach programs, starting with a selection of possible...

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...

CERN Council Seen by an Outreacher

This talk was given by request of the CERN Council for the celebration ceremony of the 60th anniversary of the Council.  It was complemented by talks given by theorists, users, young researchers, retired researchers, etc.  The goal is to remind the council of the importance of Education and...

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.

The discovery of the Higgs boson came at the end of a long journey, where the direction was marked, but the road had to be built. What now? Now the physicists are looking out onto a world we don’t know, where there are no paths, and even the directions to be followed aren’t very clear. They know...

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...

Published on Oct 11, 2013

2 x 10 min videos in English and French for general public, describing the physics aims of the ALICE experiment: the study of the primordial state of matter, the quark gluon plasma, which presumably existed the first moments in the life of the...

French version of the poster (small size)

The original version of this poster was created in France in 2014. It is the update of a previous poster designed in 2005 for the International Year of Physics. Since then, it has been translated to other langages. Additional language versions can be produced on request.

Cascade Competitions - University of Birmingham

The Particle Physics group at the University of Birmingham has tried many different formats for Outreach competitions
over recent years. We have found that a Cascade competition is a very efficient way to introduce Particle Physics
concepts and experiments to a wide range of students...

This collection has seven presentations on the Higgs-boson and related topics. The presentations where hold by several German scientists after the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded  to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs. The presentations are generally understandable and can be used for...

Advertisement picture for the International Cosmic Day 2014

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. 

Download from CDS:...

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...

What is explored at CERN? What happens when particles collide at the LHC? What does particle physics have to do with cosmology? How was antimatter discovered and what is the Higgs-Boson? And is there any particle use of practical physics? This package of material gives answers to these and many...

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...

Elementary Particle Package

The Standard Model of particle physics describes the elementary particles and their interactions. This package contains a set of cards that can be used in physics lessons or Particle Physics Masterclasses to introduce, explain and repeat the different particles. One set consists of 12 Cards of...

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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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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...

À la rencontre des accélérateurs de particules
Des instruments essentiels pour la recherche d'aujourd'hui et les avancées de demain

L'accélérateur géant "LHC" au Cern fonctionne maintenant depuis quelques années pour nous permettre de mieux comprendre "l'infiniment petit" : les...

Great things can happen when high schools get involved with cutting

edge science, and that’s exactly what CERN is proposing with its

new beam line for schools competition, which will form part of the

laboratory’s 60th anniversary celebrations in 2014. The competition...

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.

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....

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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Higgs "God Particle" Boson: A talk geared for my wife & professionals like her

This public talk was given shortly after the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson.  It is geared for my wife, J.A. Hong, MD & professionals like her.  The audience was a room full of physicians at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on August 15, 2012.

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...

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'...

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...

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...

Discovering the Higgs Boson

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. ...

And the discovery made Peter Higgs very happy.

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. ...

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. ...

This tutorial gives a basic introduction into fundamental concepts of data analysis in HEP experiments. In the current format it has been used for a one-week course in the context of a HEP workshop and a data analysis school. It should be most useful for undergraduate students who have the basic...

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 ...

A short and clever video animation using cartoons and voice over.  This can also be printed out as a comic book.
 
The PhD Comics team visit particle physicist David Whiteson at CERN where he talks to us about what the mysterious Higgs Boson is and how the Large Hadron Collider is...

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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 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.
...

http://press.web.cern.ch/press/background/B09-Important_Higgs_terms_en.html

Short explanations of statistical notions at the level of an interested layman are given:
http://press.web.cern.ch/press/background/B09-Important_Higgs_terms_en.html

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...

Students are given sheets with images of nearly 2-dimensional dimuon events from ATLAS and CMS. They use vector addition, conservation laws, and a little relativity to calculate the mass of the Z boson. In a classroom, students are encouraged to combine results to find a consensus value of the Z...

Talk given in the morning session of the international masterclasses at Lund University (see: http://www.hep.lu.se/masterclass/index.html). The talk covers theoretical foundations (Standard Model, Feynman diagrams), accelerators,...

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...

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 video tells you, why particle masses are central for our daily life, and why especially their values are crucial. This is the real reason why all of us should be curious where mass comes from.

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The organizers of the German exhibition die Welt...

Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln describes antimatter and its properties. He also explains why antimatter, though a reality, doesn't pose any current threat to our existence!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en2S1tBl1_s

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...

This is the worldwide first model of coupled pendula, which demonstrates the complete phenomenology of neutrino flavor-oscillations for 3 different neutrino species (flavors). Up until now, only models for just 2 flavors existed.

The model is adjustable corresponding to variable neutrino...

Website here: http://www.quarked.org/
[The paragraphs below are extracts from the Quarked! website.]
The Quarked! project was conceived by Professor Alice Bean and a diverse team of collaborators at the University of Kansas in 2003 as an...

A simple 3 slide presentation. The first two slides show a chart of all different types of matter and energy. Last slide provides a more detailed explanation of some of the chart. Simple & short texts are used. Made by a retired physicist to be used in general talks on particle physics for...

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.
See the...

This on-line tutorial explains to the viewer the potential discoveries of the ATLAS experiment as being the following:
1. The Unknown
2. Dark Matter
3. The Origin of Mass
4. Extra Dimensions
5. Antimatter
6. New Forces
7. The Standard Model
For...

A presentation about CERN and LHCb designed to be given by members of the LHCb collaboration to school classes of 15-17 year olds. In French. Made by LHCb physicist Monica Pepe-Altarelli.
This 65 slide presentation gives an overview of the Large Hadron Collider, particle physics and the...

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...

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

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

International Particle Physics Masterclasses (MC) is a successful event for high school students. MC has 3 key elements: lectures, execises with real data from CERN and videoconference.
Astronomy Masterclass (AM) in Slovakia was a test if this MC format could work in a different field. The...

Quark-Tzee is a dice game that plays following Yahtzee rules.  The idea is that you start with 6 dies, and you can roll three times. On each roll you keep the dies that you consider the best to make certain particles.  First roll - all dies, keep as many you want to create mesons and baryons;  ...

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...

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The Quark Card Game was created to convey students the concept of the Standard Model - the existence of quarks, substructure of mesons and baryons, particle decay, and the concept of color charge.
It addresses the population of students in Junior and Senior years, in the US Educational...

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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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This powerpoint presentation was presented to student participants of the European Masterclass on 2 March 2010 in Torino, Italy. Consists of 39 colored slides. The presentation is aimed at high school students. It's an introduction to the ideas of particles physics which stresses the unsolved...

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