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Hands on Particle Physics Masterclasses - 2020 (CANCELLED)



Rebeca Gonzalez Suarez (Uppsala University)

This event has been cancelled

High School Students become Particle Physicists for a Day!

Ech year more than 13.000 high school students in 60 countries come to one of about 225 nearby universities or research centres for one day in order to unravel the mysteries of particle physics. Lectures from active scientists give insight in topics and methods of basic research at the fundaments of matter and forces, enabling the students to perform measurements on real data from particle physics experiments themselves. At the end of each day, like in an international research collaboration, the participants join in a video conference for discussion and combination of their results. International Masterclasses 2020 will take place from 26.2. - 8.4.2020 and Uppsala University will be your host on April 2, 2020.

On April 2, we will spend the morning getting a general introduction on experimental particle physics and the smallest components of matter. After lunch you will have the opportunity of analysing data recorded in 2011 with the ATLAS detector and perform an actual measurement. Afterwards you can evaluate and interpret your result in a videoconference with ATLAS scientists at CERN and other high-school students across the world.

The Hands on Particle Physics Masterclasses in Uppsala will alternate between the ATLAS and IceCube exercises, so stay tuned for neutrinos in 2021!


    • 09:00 11:30
      Morning session 80127 (Ångström)



      • 09:00
        Welcome at the reception 5m
        Speaker: Maja Garde Lindholm
      • 09:15
        Introduction lecture 30m
        Speaker: Elin Bergeås Kuutmann (Uppsala University)
      • 10:00
        Lecture 30m
        Speaker: Carlos de los Heros (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
      • 10:30
        Lab visit 1h
        Speaker: Maja Garde Lindholm (Uppsala University)
    • 11:30 12:30
      Lunch break 1h Rullan

    • 12:30 17:00
      Afternoon session 6K1101 (Ångström )



      • 12:30
        ATLAS Z path exercise 30m 6K1101



        Speaker: Venugopal Ellajosyula (Uppsala University)
      • 13:00
        Exercise 2h 15m 6K1101



        Datasets to use: 7 and 8

        Tally sheets will be printed but in case of emergency can be found here:

        Instructions are here:

        Speakers: Christina Dimitriadi (Uppsala University), Eleni Myrto Asimakopoulou (Uppsala University), Olga Sunneborn Gudnadottir (Uppsala University), Thomas Mathisen (Uppsala University)
      • 15:15
        Discussion and wrap up 30m 6K1101



      • 16:00
        CERN videoconference 1h 82114 (Ångström)



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