As particle physicists we try to understand the fundamental building blocks of nature. The mystery of the smallest things in the Universe is what keeps us busy!
This year we are taking part again in the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London, with a joint force with other UK universities. We will show our stand on neutrinos, a.k.a. the Ghosts in the Universe. Come and see why these mighty tiny particles are so important for physicists and how we are able to study them.
As an institute we are on a quest to understand the tiny. We do this by developing models and simulations to discover how the Universe works at the largest and smallest scales. Initially, these techniques allow experimentalists to optimally design their detectors, maximising chances of discovery. When taking data, our tools crucially separate the often small signal from the overwhelming haystack of the experimental background. This is how plan to help the scientific community to discover what is Dark Matter for example.
Check out how we do it:
Last Summer we brought an exhibition to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, called Modelling the Invisible, where the public were able to use simulations built by us in order to solve physical problems in the same way researcher do.
The public learnt the importance of Monte Carlo simulations for theories, like the Standard Model, and experiments, like Dark Matter detectors.
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