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    Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Tour

    This Autumn the LHC on tour event will be coming to the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay.

    Here is a little detail on the show:

    Visitors can get hands-on with a number of interactive exhibits, collectively creating a feel for what it's like to be a particle physicist working on this international scientific exploration. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet some of the UK's top LHC researchers and physics students, who are working at the LHC and who will be on-hand to answer questions and inspire the next generation of scientists.

    The event will run for Tuesday 27th Nov ? Sunday 2nd Dec, Monday? Friday 09.30 ? 16.30 with Saturday & Sunday 10.30-16.30

    ? A mock-up of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel at CERN – This 6m long x 3.8m wide ?walk through? exhibit will demonstrate the actual size of the LHC and the cavern itself which is approximately 27 km in circumference and houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100m underground. At full power, trillions of protons will race around the LHC accelerator ring 11 245 times a second, travelling at 99.9999991% the speed of light.

    ? Spinning ball particle accelerator – Witness how the 1,600 superconducting magnets that are inside the LHC can control and accelerate a subatomic particle.

    ? Cosmic ray detector – This year sees the centenary celebrations of the discovery of cosmic rays. Thousands of these subatomic particles pass through our bodies every day without us even noticing. The detector allows visitors to see when one passes through the equipment.

    ? Television accelerator – Inside the television, the beams of electrons are being steered towards the different pixels on the screen by magnets. This is the same principle that is used in particle physics experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. A beam of particles is steered around the synchrotron by large magnets, in order to increase their speed and energy. When a magnet is placed near the screen, the magnetic field deflects the electrons causing them to alter direction and the picture becomes distorted.

    ? Q & A – Take the opportunity to ask PhD students who are working on this international project questions about what it is like to work on the largest science project in the world and their journey to become a particle physicist.

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