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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...

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...

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...

The authors discuss several ethical questions in today's particle physics: high costs and purported dangers of Big Science projects, relevance of fundamental research for society and the way particle physicists fill their duty to communicate with the public. Examples are given including the...

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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...

The ATLAS Public Web Pages

This talk describes the design and development strategies for implementing the ATLAS Public Web pages.  It was given at CHEP 2015 in Okinawa, Japan, and targets both Science Communicators and Web Developers.

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...

Innovating Science Outreach

This is a talk given at ICHEP 2014 in Valencia, Spain.  The goal is to inform other science communicators of the content, platforms, and strategy supporting the Outreach and Education project of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN.  Some of the examples and lessons learned can be helpful for others....

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...

Cover of the Italian edition

Extract from the preface to the first English edition :

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...

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 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...

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. 

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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...

First slidequiz

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.

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...

First lesson with mysteries boxes

At CERN, some 10,000 physicists are investigating elementary particles that cannot be seen by the naked eye. The schoolchildren taking part in the project conduct investigations, just like the physicists, on sealed boxes containing unknown objects. To work out what's inside, they have to proceed...

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.

Tutorial includes an overview of the existing data samples, the main tools used for Masterclass-like activities (web-based event display software and data, web-based spreadsheet for collating results etc.

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. ...

CERN - one of the hottest places in the Galaxy

Presentation to high school students in Poland. Explaining CERN's main activities, and encourage students for choosing research (and not only) for their future studies. Also, to encourage them to participate in CERN's activities now (masterclass, researchers' night, visits, etc.)

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This presentation was given at the 1st World Conference on Physics Education (WCPE) in Istanbul (Turkey) in July 2012. We describe the methodology employed for the IPPOG International Masterclasses, summarizing the hands-on activities physics analyses. We discuss the results of the evaluations...

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...

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.
...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

The physics slam derives from the Chicago (USA)-born tradition of poetry slams, in which poets read their work and judges determine the favorite reading of the night. In this case it is the physicists who are in the spotlight!
 
Each willing "slammer" or "science-entertainer" spends...

This 2 sided A4 brochure was originally produced to present at the October 2011 ICATPP Conference held in Lake Como, Italy. The brochure gives an overview of what IPPOG is and does, how it can help others, how others can help IPPOG, and gives 2 examples of IPPOG's core activities: International...

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...

This project was conducted jointly by CERN and 20 primary school classes from the Pays de Gex and the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland in June 2010. The six-month project had the goal of educating schoolchildren about the profession of research scientist and the world of research. Some 400...

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

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The book is for any scientist wishing to effectively present her or his work and thoroughly engage audiences when speaking to both scientific and non-scientific audiences. It gives straight-talking practical advice right down to the level of where to place the microphone, how to use a laser...

This talk was given to students at Bladins International School of Malmö (Sweden) on 2011-04-06. The aim of the talk is to give an overview of the particle physics research done at CERN. I start from a historical point of view. I first talk about the history of CERN and of the key experiments of...

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...

As with any fundamental scientific endeavour, the true and enduring impact of the LHC physics program will not be measured in our lifetime. Rather, generations of future achievements will follow from the combination of scientific knowledge and methods born from the research. The unprecedented...

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.
Copyright...

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...

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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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