The technological advances of science and technology are making continuous improvements to the lives of mankind, e.g. the application of the internet allows people to get closer to each other, the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging has resulted in new methods of medical diagnosis and therapy, and the power of computers is enhancing the efficiency of data processing on a massive scale in various industries. Have you ever considered that all of these cutting-edge technologies are derived from studies in the field of particle physics?
There are thousands of unsolved mysteries throughout our colossal universe. Over the years, scientists have endeavoured to unveil the origin of the universe and discover the basic constituents of matter. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is a multinational organization. It has been gathering thousands of top scientists and engineers from around the world, designed and built the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that is located across the border between Switzerland and France. LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets. 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 underlying mysteries of the universe.
This exhibition recreates the working environment and laboratories of the scientists at CERN, allowing visitors to enjoy an immersive experience and learn about the objective of this advanced project. They can also witness the discovery of the God Particle (Higgs boson) and gain an understanding of the fundamental theories of particle physics. Exhibit highlights include multimedia programmes, animations, real components that have been used at CERN such as a 2-tonne superconducting magnet, as well as some scientific equipment collected by the Science Museum in London. Furthermore, the exhibition also provides an introduction to the achievements of local researchers who have been actively participating in the work of this greatest experiment in the world, and shares the challenges they have faced during the studies.
Jointly presented by
Leisure & Cultural Services Department
Jonathan KS Choi Foundation
Jointly organised by
Hong Kong Science Museum
China Association (H.K.) for Science and Society Ltd.
International Tour Sponsor
Winton Capital Management Limited
Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
Department of Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Exhibition is produced by
Science Museum in London