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Particle Physics Master Class for Secondary School Students

On Tuesday, 9th April, 2019 the TCD School of Mathematics joined the International Masterclasses in particle physics. This gives secondary school students the opportunity to discover the world of quarks and leptons for themselves, by performing measurements on real data from CERN, to meet active particle physics researchers, and to link up with like-minded students from other countries.

The one-day event started with a couple of introductory talks about our current understanding of particle physics, and the experimental facilities to study it. After lunch, the students analysed recent data from the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Afterwards they were invited to a video conference where they discussed and compared their results with student groups from around the world and with moderators at CERN in Geneva.