“Although brief, this exhilarating trip to Geneva with our teacher Felipe Carrasco was most Our tour guide, experimental physicist, Dr. Wahid Zabi, talked about particle physics and the experiments in the research center, and took us underground to see the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS). At a hundred meters below ground in a pressurized room, this enormous contraption, almost 22 m. high and 15 m wide, is the smallest detector in the center. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), where the particles are accelerated, generates approximately 25 petabytes worth of information with each collision on each detector including the CMS. That is enough information to fill almost 5 million CD’s. In fact, given the need to share such a vast amount of information, CERN scientists did nothing less than invent the World Wide Web back in 1989.
In addition, we were told about the advances in research on anti-matter. According to Dr. Zabi, they are attempting to control anti-matter in order to destroy tumors and ultimately cure cancer without the need for radiation. We were also briefed on the latest research concerning the multiverse and supersymmetry theories. They believe that proving that theory would mean the end of study of physics as we know it.
On the second day engineer Erik Bracke delved into the world of engineering. He explained how the particles are accelerated. The entire thing could be thought of as a 27 Km magnet. Who knew? The largest and one of the most technologically advanced machines is based on one of the simplest of concepts.”
-Ali Chamut (IB II)