A section of the world’s biggest scientific experiment – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – will be part of an interactive exhibition at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth starting Friday 31 July.
A life-sized mock up of part of the 27-kilometer particle accelerator will be on display at the attraction until 24 August – one stop on a national roadshow that celebrates the UK’s involvement in the groundbreaking discoveries made by the LHC.
The exhibition will feature a 6m long x 2.8m wide ‘walk through’ section of the LHC tunnel and accelerator. This is the machine that confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson particle – proposed by University of Edinburgh professor Peter Higgs, who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery with François Englert in 2013.
The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, based at the CERN headquarters in Geneva. It is a 27-kilometer circular circuit that uses magnets to speed up particles travelling in opposite directions to almost the speed of light, before making them collide.
“The CERN Hadron Collider is pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery, and changing what we know about the composition of our Universe," says Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director at Dynamic Earth.
"It’s incredibly exciting to have a section of the world’s largest experiment on display, and fitting that it should visit us here in Edinburgh, where Professor Higgs theorised the existence of his proposed particle.”
The exhibition has been created and loaned by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and it is free with admission to Dynamic Earth.
It is part of an updated roadshow from the STFC, following a two-year upgrade at CERN which will see the power of the LHC almost doubled. The display features new interactive exhibits and redesigned tunnel artwork highlighting what scientists hope to learn in the next phase of working on the world’s biggest scientific experiment.