Explore Cosmic Mysteries through Particle Physics at CERN

Step into the forefront of particle physics at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where the secrets of the universe are deciphered through cutting-edge experiments. Nestled on the border between France and Switzerland, CERN hosts the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the renowned Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Here, an international cadre of scientists collaborates to push the boundaries of human knowledge, exploring the fundamental mysteries that govern our existence.

Booking a group tour with CERN is a coveted experience, often requiring 9 months or more due to high demand and meticulous planning. The Cornell Club of Switzerland, however, found itself in a unique position thanks to an exclusive connection. Dr. Sameed Muhammed, a Cornell alum (B.A. 2011, Physics & Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences) and Senior Fellow at CERN in the Beam Instrumentation Group within the Accelerator Systems Department, reached out to the Club offering an insider’s perspective and facilitating a guided tour for its members. Thank you, Sameed, for organizing this amazing event!

On Saturday, 27 January 2024, embark on an exclusive journey with us as we provide you with an inside look into two of CERN’s facilities engaged in groundbreaking research.

Antimatter Factory

Embark on a journey to the Antimatter Factory, where groundbreaking research is conducted to unlock the secrets of antimatter. Scientists at this cutting-edge facility work tirelessly to create and study antimatter particles, providing valuable insights into the fundamental nature of the cosmos. Get ready to explore a realm where science fiction meets reality, as we unravel the mysteries of antimatter’s role in the grand cosmic narrative.

LHCb (Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment)

Dive into the fascinating realm of the LHCb experiment, one of the four major experiments conducted at the LHC. LHCb focuses on the beauty quark, exploring the subtle differences between matter and antimatter to unravel the mysteries of our universe’s asymmetry. LHCb also specializes in the creation and observation of exotic bound states, including pentaquarks and tetraquarks. As we venture into this scientific frontier, witness the precision and ingenuity behind experiments that unravel the mysteries of these rare and intriguing particles, shedding light on the fundamental structure of matter itself. Join us as we delve into the intricate world of particle interactions, seeking to understand the fundamental forces that govern the building blocks of existence.

Come with us as we unravel the mysteries of the universe!

A special Thank You to Sameed Muhammed and Ramon Portas for organizing this incredible event!

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