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The National Particle Physics Masterclass
Thursday 15th April 1999

Manchester University Physics and Astronomy Department is again hosting this one-day event, highlighting some of the latest developments in Particle Physics research, and enabling physics students in their sixth form (and their teachers) to experience the excitement of research in this fundamental field. It provides the opportunity to relate A-level physics to fundamental research, and provides valuable access to practical experience and enthusiastic practitioners.

Programme

  • 9:30-10:30 Talk by Terry Wyatt: "LEP 2 - A New Energy Frontier in Particle Physics"
    The Large Electron Positron collider at CERN , the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, is the largest collider in the world and has just completed the most successful year yet, running at energies where W particles can be produced. This talk acts as an introduction to the next session
  • 10:30-12:00 Recognising W pair events.
    Equipped with hints of what to look for, and using the type of interactive graphical display program that particle physicists use, students will have the task of recognising the W pairs amongst the quarks, leptons and Z bosons. (More activities have been added since last year, and any upper 6th formers coming for a second time will find plenty of new things to do.)
  • 12:00-13:00 Talk by Brian Cox: "The Structure of the Proton"
    From Rutherford's early experiments to the latest results from the HERA accelerator
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-15:00 Talk by Roger Barlow: "Matter and Antimatter"
    What is antimatter? And why is the universe as we know it today dominated by ordinary matter? We don't know the answer to that - but we hope that a new experiment called BaBar, starting on May 1st at SLAC, will give some answers.
  • 15:00-16:30 The BaBar experiment
    BaBar Students will be able to make their own measurements of particle tracks in the BaBar detector, to find neutral K mesons and measure their lifetime.
  • 16:00-17:00 Tea and close. Or, for those who can stay a bit longer,
  • 18:00-19:00 Talk by Jim Al-Khalili Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Travel
    How many dimensions do we live in? How can we possibly know that our universe is expanding into a 5th dimension? How does this have a bearing on the possibility of time travel into our past? The lecturer will attempt to address these and other questions.
    This last talk is given as part of the Institute of Physics Congress and is in Peel Hall, Salford University. (Transport will be provided as required.)



Booking places


Write (preferably using the attached form) to: Mrs J Smith, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL. Numbers are limited. A charge of 4 per head will be made to cover lunch, other refreshments, and materials.

Booking Form

I would like to apply for ........ places on the Particle Physics Masterclass

Name:............................................. School:.............................................................
Address:............................................................... .............................................................
Phone: .....................................................

Names of those attending (in priority order in case of oversubscription):

(Please state whether Teacher or Pupil)
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Do you want to stay for the talk by Jim Al-Khalili? ......

If so, will you require transport from the Physics and Astronomy Department to Peel Hall? ......

Parking permits required (at 50p each) .....

Cheque enclosed for .......................

Please enclose 4 per person to cover lunch, tea and coffee, and materials, plus 50p for each parking permit . If numbers have to be limited then a refund will be sent.

Please return by 9th March to: Mrs J Smith, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL.

For any additional information you can contact Dr. Roger Barlow at the same address or Telephone:0161-275-4178, EMail:Roger.Barlow@man.ac.uk


One of a set of Masterclasses organised by the High Energy Particle Physics Group of the Institute of Physics throughout the UK during April 1999


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