Physics subject taster

Are you interested in hunting down elusive particles such as the Z or Higgs Boson using real data analysis at ATLAS? Join us for a particle physics taster day and gain experience of this incredible subject. Collaborate with researchers from across the globe including those working at CERN.

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Particle Physics Taster Day: Find a particle at the LHC

The University of Sheffield Department of Physics and Astronomy is offering a Particle Physics taster day for year 12 and 13 students studying physics and maths. Spend a day experiencing life as a particle physicist and engaging with hands on data analysis at ATLAS. Not only will you learn more about this fascinating subject, you’ll get to take part in a particle hunt for the Z Boson and the Higgs Boson. You will share your findings across the globe with researchers who work at CERN as well as other contributors from the UK, Netherlands and Germany. On top of sampling life as a student studying physics at the University of Sheffield, you will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills, learn more about career pathways and speak with our student ambassadors who are currently studying with us.

It's a great and exciting experience to do stuff that just isn't possible in school

Previous taster session attendee

When: Friday 15th March 2024, 9am - 4.15pm

Age group: Year 12 and Year 13

Location: Hicks Building, University of Sheffield

Suitable for: students interested in a degree in physics, who are studying A Level (or equivalent) Physics and Mathematics and are anticipating a grade B or above in these subjects.


Please note that this is an approximate schedule and is therefore subject to change.

Time Activity
9am Arrivals and registration & Welcome and introduction to the University
9.15am Introduction to Particle Physics
11.45am Studying physics and Q&A
12.15pm Lunch
1pm Introduction to data analysis (45 min) + Particle Hunt (1.15 h)
3pm Video conference and Interpretation of results
4pm Closing and depart

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