The Standard Model: Chat with CERN scientists

💬 Tuesday 10 October, 3.30pm to 4.30pm💬

The Standard Model is the best understanding we have about how three of the four fundamental forces governs the universe. But this theory is incomplete! Scientists at CERN are working to develop and research this theory.

Next Tuesday, drop in across the hour to meet the scientists working on this research. Find out what happens when they make a new discovery and when they find a flaw in the theory. Ask them the questions that interest you and deepen your understanding of the Standard Model.

⏩ Get ahead!

Ahead of the live Chat, take a look at the pre-reading material. This will give you an understanding of the Standard Model and the work going on at CERN:

Jonathan, from the LHCb team, has let us know how his work involves the Standard Model:

“So, the Standard Model is what our entire understanding of particle physics (how things behave at sizes smaller than atoms) is built upon. So far, it has worked really well in giving us very precise predictions that agree with what we measure in experiments. There are, though, a few things that really don’t fit in with the Standard Model’s description of the universe. One of the more well-known examples of this is ‘Dark Matter’ – astronomical observations suggest that galaxies are made up in large part of a form of matter that behaves differently to all the particles in the Standard Model.

A big part of the research of LHCb involves making increasingly precise measurements that we can compare with what the Standard Model predicts and ideally we are looking for examples where the two don’t quite agree. This would be really exciting as it would really help us to build a new better version of the Standard Model.”

✔️ Complete the Quiz

Get to know the scientists ahead of the live Chat by completing the latest Quiz. Read the team and scientists’ profiles and then test your knowledge. You could be in with the chance of winning a £20 voucher at the end of the term.

Posted on October 4, 2023 by modhannah in News. Leave a comment

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