The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Northern Ireland Network, are organising a lecture entitled ‘Back to the Big Bang – The Large Hadron Collider’, to be held in Queen’s University Belfast next Tuesday 20th April at 6:30pm.
The guest speaker is Dr. Tara Shears, a Particle Physicist from University of Liverpool. She is travelling over to Belfast to give this lecture, which is a re-run of the prestigious 2009 IET Young Professionals Lecture.
I would like to invite members of QUB PAMSOC to join us for this lecture. I notice from your website you are organising a trip to CERN in the summer, so this event should be of interest to your membership. It promises to be an interesting event as it coincides quite closely with the recent restart of the LHC experiments after the operations were halted a few months after it was commissioned due to a serious fault between two superconducting bending magnets.
The event is free of charge and some light refreshments will be served from 6:00pm. The lecture venue (Room G10/N) is just off the main quadrangle at Queen’s University and will be signposted from the main entrance to the Lanyon Building.
Many Thanks and Best Regards,
IET Northern Ireland Network
Particle physics is about understanding the universe, from the very smallest constituents, fundamental particles, upwards. Yet although our experiments have shown us that everything we’ve seen in the universe is composed of a very small number of fundamental particles, stuck together by a small number of fundamental forces, we know that there’s far more to the universe than that.
In this talk I want to tell you about the frontiers of our research, and that means telling you about what we don’t understand in the universe. I’ll describe three of the biggest mysteries of all – the origin of mass and our search for the Higgs particle, the role of antimatter and the missing 96% of the universe and show you how we search for answers experimentally. In particular, I’ll describe our newest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, because this has been designed specifically to help us answer these questions. The Large Hadron Collider is an amazing machine – incredibly large and incredibly complex, and the experiments that we’ve built to take snapshots of fundamental particles are no less impressive.
However, there’s no point in telling you what we don’t understand, if I can’t explain how we will use this new facility to look for answers. In the final part of my talk I’ll return to the first of our mysteries, and show you how we will use the Large Hadron Collider to try and determine if the elusive Higgs particle exists. You’ll see that although our theories predict how a Higgs should behave, and how often we should observe one in our experiments, actually finding unambiguous evidence of one in our data is a challenge that involves devising new ways of computing to solve.
It’s that time of year again so dig out your bowties, dust off your dresses and get ready to party like it’s 1999! (Too cheesy? oh well)
The PAMSOC formal is on Tuesday the 9th March and it’s going to be bigger and better than last year. We promise glow-ness, fun and prizes. Tickets will cost £24 for a limited period only (8th-12th February) so get down to the Physics and Maths Offices next week to save. From 15th February onwards they will be £26.
A ticket will get you in to the cockatil reception at the Wellington Park Hotel at 6.30pm, a sumptuous 3 course meal, games, music and dancing till late. Wednesday the 10th is RAG day (no irritating 9am Physics lectures) so you’ve no excuse not to come! We will also have a raffle to raise money for RAG day on the night if you’re feeling generous.
Steve Campbell will be be getting his hair cut for Diabetes UK at the formal too, you can find out more or donate here.
Last years formal was a great success and this year everyone is welcome; physics and maths undergrad, postgrad and lecturerers and non-members. Buy a ticket and one for a friend!
We will see you there!
Rebecca, Sinead, Andrew, Donna, Michael and the rest of PAMSOC
Now that we’ve modified the website to only allow QUB addresses to register, we’ve opened up the wiki access to all users. So, you can now modify the links page if you have useful information to put up there.
On a separate note, a number of emails taken at the Fresher’s Bazaar were not typed up correctly, so if you are registered with the society but have not received any emails from us, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure you receive any future messages.
We promised you a trip to CERN and we intend to follow this through… we’re currently getting things booked, so please reply to this email if you’d be interested in attending. The price will be £100 and include flights from Dublin, 2 nights accommodation in Geneva and a tour of CERN, straight after exams from June 6th-8th. Places will be very limited, so please register your interest asap!
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Kick off the festive season at the PAMSOC Christmas Party!
Where: Auntie Annie’s
When: Thursday 10th December, doors open at 9pm.
Members £3, non-members £5
Includes mistletoe, limbo(?), mince pies and a reindeer flying competition! Music provided by the wonderful Queen’s Radio: www.queensradio.org
We had a great night out on the Pub Crawl, so come along, and bring your mates!
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