The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest science experiment, is featured at Satrosphere, Aberdeen’s Science Centre, this week. The LHC exhibition highlights what scientists hope to learn in the next phase of working on the world’s largest scientific experiment following upgrades to the LHC that will see the project operating at up to double the power of the original that saw the discovery of the elusive Higgs Boson in 2012.
Visitors will be able to walk through a full-size replica of a section of the LHC tunnel which lies 100m beneath the Franco-Swiss border, while interactive exhibits, including a spinning ball particle accelerator, will show how the 1,600 superconducting magnets within it can control and accelerate a subatomic particle. The exhibition also features iconic and stunning science images which promote the UK particle-physics programme and its benefits.
Catriona Wynne, STEM Learning Co-ordinator at Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome this fantastic exhibition. It is a particularly exciting time as the LHC has restarted this month, with protons circling the machine’s 27km tunnel for the first time since 2013. This is the perfect opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
The LHC Roadshow opens this Saturday, May 2, and is at Satrosphere until Sunday, June 14. The centre is open to the public 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am-5pm at weekends.