High Energy Physics Masterclass 2013

The 2013 Masterclass is now over. Information on the 2015 Particle Physics Masterclasses can be found here


The International PARTICLE PHYSICS Masterclass session organized by Queen Mary, University of London, in conjunction with the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, will be held on March 6th 2013. The aim of the Masterclass is to introduce A-level students to an exciting and fast developing scientific field devoted to uncovering natures' deepest secrets. Lectures from active scientists give insight in topics and methods of basic research at the fundaments of matter and forces, enabing the students to perform measurements on real data from particle physics experiments themselves. During the day, 6th form students will be able to get a feel for university life at Queen Mary and experience at first hand some of the cutting edge research being performed at the University. Students will be also able to analyse real LHC data.

The International PARTICLE PHYSICS Masterclass session

Queen Mary has a national and international reputation for research and was ranked about 10th or 12th in the UK by the Higher Education Funding Council in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Research in the School of Physics and Astronomy was assessed in the Physics, Astronomy and Materials areas and over 50% in these areas was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent. Local Organizer of the Masterclass 2013 is Dr L. Cerrito. Outreach Officer is Mr Tom Horner.

Inquiries and Registration

Registration is open, please contact Mr Tom Horner.

Directions and how to reach the Physics building can be found here


Lectures Session: Conference Room 410 (4th Floor) 

      10:00-10:05  Welcome    

      10:05-10:45  From the Big Bang to the Large Hadron Collider  -  Prof Peter Kalmus (OBE, FInstP, Emeritus Professor) 

      10:45-11:15  Coffee 

      11:15-11:30  ATLAS at the LHC: the discovery of a new particle  -  Dr Jon Hays (Lecturer)

      11:30-11:45  Neutrinos and the T2K Experiment -  Dr Ben Still (Research Associate)

      11:45-12:00  Computing on a global scale - Mr Neasan O'Neill (GridPP Dissemination Officer)

Lunch: Math's Foyer

       12:00-13:00  Lunch

Hands-on: particle detection: Engineering building, Eng W128D.1

      13:00-14:30  Hands-On: 21st Century Particle Physics - Dr Lucio Cerrito (Lecturer)

                          13:00-13:15  Introduction

                          13:15-14:15  detecting W bosons at the LHC with ATLAS

                          14:15-14:30  Collection of Results

Coffee Break: Francis Bankroft building, FB 1.13

       14:30-15:00  Coffee

International Videoconference: Conference Room 410 (4th Floor)

       15:00-16:00  Combining Results: in Video Conference with the European

       Organization  for Nuclear Research (CERN).

       16:00-16:30  Summary and Close -  Dr Lucio Cerrito (Lecturer)