Collider: Step inside the World's Greatest Experiment
Everything is made of particles, including our bodies, the mountains and rivers of the Earth, the solar system and all the celestial objects of the universe. However, scientists still don't have a complete understanding of their types and properties. They believe that the origin of the universe will be revealed once they are able to delve into the secrets of particles. But it is not easy to observe a particle, which is even smaller than an atom. The huge amount of manpower and resources required to do so is unbelievable.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is an international organisation devoted to exploring the mysteries of the universe. It has been gathering thousands of top scientists and engineers from around the world, and designed and built the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator consisting of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets, the Large Hardon Collider (LHC), located across the border between Switzerland and France. Inside the collider, scientists carry out experiments by colliding two high-energy particle beams which travel at close to the speed of light. By analysing the data obtained, scientists are able to reveal clues about how particles interact and gain an insight into the fundamental laws of nature.
Through multimedia programmes, simulated laboratory environments, interactive exhibits and real components, including a 2-tonne superconducting magnet, this exhibition aims to present the special design and specialised detectors of the world's largest and most complex experimental facility, the LHC. The exhibition will also highlight the role played by those components in the cutting-edge research of the Standard Model of particle physics, dark matter, antimatter, and the Big Bang as well as how scientists use them to reveal the secrets of the universe.
Besides foreign scientists, Hong Kong researchers have also been involved and made important contributions to the experiment. The exhibition will also introduce the achievements of the Hong Kong research group and share the challenges of their research work.
Exhibition Period: 18-3-2016(Fri) – 25-5-2016 (Wed)
Venue: Special Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
No extra fee is required for museum visitors of Permanent Exhibitions
Permanent Exhibition Ticket: $25, $17.5*, $12.5**
*Special rate of Standard Ticket for groups of 20 people or more per visit
**Applicable to full-time students, people with disabilities (and one accompanying minder) and senior citizens aged 60 or above
Free admission for Museum Pass holders, Museum Weekly Pass holders and children under 4 years old accompanied by an adult with ticket
Free admission on Wednesdays
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Jonathan KS Choi Foundation
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Science Museum and China Association (H.K.) for Science and Society Ltd.
An exhibition by the Science Museum in London
Sponsored by Sunwah Foundation
International Tour Sponsor: Winton Capital Management Limited
Supporting Organisations: Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, Department of Physics - The Chinese University of Hong Kong