Physics Trip to CERN, Switzerland
This year, the Physics department took 29 second year Physics students to visit the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC is the biggest Physics experiment on Earth, and involves research into the origins of the Universe and of matter itself, including numerous other experiments on black holes, dark matter, anti-matter and the Big Bang. The visit complimented the second year Physics course, which contains a entire modules on Particle Physics and the Universe. The students spent a whole day at CERN and were fortunate enough to be given a guided tour of the superbly impressive Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, 100m under ground! The students also visited two very informative science exhibitions at the LHC. Other highlights included a guided tour of the Seujet Hydro-electric power plant, an excellent guided historical tour of Geneva's old town, window shopping the numerous Rolex boutiques, Swiss chocolate tasting and free time in the evenings to explore, whilst enjoying the benefits of free public transport in a beautiful city surrounded by the snow capped Alps!