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Physics: The Science & Future of Hadron Colliders – What Might CERN’s ATLAS Experiment Reveal? With Dr Trevor Vickey From The University of Sheffield

2nd November 2022 @ 12:45 - 13:30

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In this Physics session, a leading academic from The University of Sheffield will run an interactive talk for students on The Science & Future of Hadron Colliders – What Might CERN’s ATLAS** Experiment Reveal?

One of the greatest physics experiments of all time, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, resumed operation on July 5, 2022.  Following a three and a half year shutdown for maintenance and upgrades, its operational energy level for colliding protons together is now higher than ever.

Dr Trevor Vickey is a Reader at The University of Sheffield and conducts research as an experimental particle physicist on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. At the time of the Higgs boson discovery in 2012, he was leading a group of ~100 scientists searching for Higgs decays into two tau particles (the tau is a heavy ‘cousin’ of the electron).  More recently Dr Vickey was the Run Coordinator of the ATLAS experiment (2021-2022), responsible for the data-taking and operation of the detector.

He will talk about what CERN scientists have already achieved and what might be revealed when the latest data recorded by the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider is analysed.

The session will develop thinking and approaches to support students in their Physics studies and future aspirations.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Trevor Vickey

** ATLAS is a general-purpose particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. It is designed to exploit the full discovery potential of the LHC, pushing the frontiers of scientific knowledge. ATLAS’ exploration uses precision measurement to push the frontiers of knowledge by seeking answers to fundamental questions such as: What are the basic building blocks of matter? What are the fundamental forces of nature? What is dark matter made of?


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Physics and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying Physics at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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2nd November 2022
12:45 - 13:30
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