Six Year 12 and 13 students from Darrick Wood attended the Particle Physics Masterclass at University College London. They were treated to a crash course in fundamental particles and then had to use this knowledge to analyse data from the Atlas detector.
The group then had an excellent lecture on Dark Matter which detailed some current research in the race to discover what it is. The students then continued to analyse track data from the detector. This data was then combined with all the other physicists present. The group analysis was then compared in an international video conference with others from Barcelona, Pavia, Slovenia and Milan.
They had managed to find the infamous Higgs Boson and other purely theoretical particles (put in by the team) which have yet to be discovered but are predicted to exist. This was followed by a question and answer session to those leading the conference that work at CERN. Dr Love commented on what a fantastic credit all students who took part were to the School.