Group shot outside the Cyrogenic Test Facility

CERN: January 2020


2 student posing in tunnel at CERN

 

Blackboard maths equations

CERN has been a place of pilgrimage for scientists from around the world since 1954 and, more recently, they have been joined by artists.  A group of over twenty MAAS colleagues were privileged to spend four days in the company of our hosts, Michael Hoch and Andy Charalambous, exploring the site of the vast and the minuscule.  We are grateful to them and to all the others who supported them in making the trip such a success.

Students talking Physics

talking about the tunnel

Happy students in tunnel at CERN


Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva on the way in..

Presentation in the earliest particle accelerator at CERN

Presentation in the earliest particle accelerator at CERN

Michael Hoch, our guide on site

Michael Hoch, our guide on site

Where anti-matter was first observed

Where anti-matter was first observed – for the tiniest fraction of a second

Outside the exhibition centre...

Outside the public exhibition centre…

...and part of the exhibition inside

…and part of the ‘Star Trek’ exhibition inside

Exploring a section of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) re-constructed above ground

Exploring a section of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) re-constructed above ground

It's not all high tech though...a gift from the Indian government

It’s not all high tech though.  A gift from the Indian government

Michael leads us down 100m to the Compact Muon Solonoid Detector (CMS)

Michael leads us down 100m to the Compact Muon Solonoid Detector (CMS)

Selfie central in front of CMS where the Higgs Boson was discovered!

Selfie central in front of CMS where the Higgs Boson was discovered!

The bank of detectors surrounding the LHC where protons collide

The bank of detectors surrounding the LHC where protons collide

Andy has been associated with CERN for many years. Here he poses with his work at the CMS site

Andy has been associated with CERN for many years. Here he poses with his work at the CMS site

Our visit was rounded off with a performance riffing on science vs belief at the IdeasSquare

Our visit was rounded off with a performance riffing on science vs belief at the IdeasSquare

All photographs © Phil Barton 2020


      And the last word goes to Molly Mcleod responding to the trip in words and images:

Breath holding, brain drain. 
Is a particle an object or an event? Your perception does not effect their behaviour. 
Contact inhibition, vague but exciting.
Strip away the layers to find the primordial mass. 

Cloud over factory roof; blue skyMetal staircase up the side of a grey wallThree chimneys emitting white smoke into a blue sky