Taurian World School (TWS), a premier co-educational residential school in Ranchi recently sent three of its brightest students for a one-week internship at CERN Labs, Geneva. The students participated in a week long certified programme under the guidance of top ranked scientists and engineers of CERN, The European Organisation for Nuclear Research that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and is home to the Large Hadron Collider. The successful interns from Taurian World School visited CERN Labs from October 24 to 31, 2015.
Some of their exciting experiences have been penned below in their own words:
CERN: By Aditya Gautam,
One word "AWESOME' that's how I would describe my experience. I just cannot put my joy into words. Imagine being near a tube in which particles travel at 98% of the speed of light, just by thinking about it gives me goose bumps. We went to places where once great minds/inventors went and discovered revolutionary particles and attended lectures by the scientists of CERN.
We also visited the four great sites at CERN where they carry their four major experiments (ATLAS,ALICE,LMS,CMS) seeing those giant sites which was about 50 meters underground was worth it. The lecture which intrigued me the most was about particle physics since I have to study about it when I go to college. It really helped me to learn more in that field. After CERN we also went on a tour of the city. Geneva unlike India is very well organized and systematic.
Transit services like tram/bus were all free since they ran on electricity. The houses and complexes are built in old English style. They maintain and preserve it as it adds charm to the city. It was sad that the whole city slept by 7:30 pm so we couldn't go to all the places. But that aside it was a fantastic experience. I will be glad to go again.
CERN: By Harshit Singh,
The kind of experience we had, the kind of people we met I am sure none of us are going to forget. The once in a lifetime opportunity to go to CERN also turned out to be one of the best and most memorable experiences of my life. Early morning after breakfast we went to CERN where we were warmly welcomed by our CERN guide "Mick". He briefed us on the itinerary for the upcoming week. After that we had a one hour lecture by a famous Physicist.
Then began our visits - we saw the most famous "Data Centre" of CERN. Our day ended at around 4:30 pm in the evening. Next morning we went to CERN at around 8:30 am where we had lectures till 12:30 pm and after lunch we got the opportunity to go to the place where the "World Wide Web" was invented. The third day was the day of "Treasure Hunt" we were divided into five random groups and each group was given a set of questions and left alone in the city. The treasure hunt began at around 11:00 am and ended at 3:00 pm. After having lunch we went to the United Nations where we saw almost all the committees.
The fourth day was the best day of the entire tour for me as we got to see the particle accelerator at "LMS" which is located 50 feet below the ground. It was a great feeling to be near a tube inside which particles moved at the speed of light. Our last day ended on a good note, we were feeling proud to make a particle detector by ourselves. On the lighter note we also shopped for bells and chocolates for our friends back home.
CERN: By Hritwika Singh,
Visiting CERN was the best opportunity I have ever had. We attended many lectures given by a Noble prize winner and many other famous scientists. We studied about different and important machines of the CERN like CMS, ATLAS, ALICE etc.
We also got to know about several facts and information about CERN such as the World Wide Web which originated from there. We performed different experiments and activities. Among them, my unforgettable experience was the treasure hunt. It was full of fun. We were given 22 question with some clues and were asked to find answers roaming all over the city.
Apart from education we also visited the city of Geneva and got to interact with the local people and learn more about their way of life.
I am really thankful to our Principle and Mr. Rakesh Bhandari for making this visit possible.
Dr. Kundan Kumar, PGT, Physics
My visit to CERN, Switzerland was a wonderful and fruitful experience. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to get a glimpse into the realm of Nuclear Science. Being a Physicist and having done my doctorate studies at JNU, NEW DELHI, I got the opportunity to enrich my knowledge base both at an experimental and theoretical level.
India's position at CERN is purely that of an observer but many Indian scientists are working on various projects. It was marvellous to observe various experimental facilities and also to observe these at component levels. The explanations of each concept provided by the scientists were outstanding. We were able to get a glimpse of various labs like LINAC, ATLAS, LHC, CMS and computation facilitation lab. CERN has the credit of being the first to invent WWW (World Wide Web). Therefore, we have the honour of having visited the place where it was born.
We attended lectures as well as participated in the discussions with eminent scientists. We had firsthand orientation to world class laboratories at CERN. Interactions with students coming from all over India were also an enriching experience for students.
At first lectures were given on principle, construction and working of the particle accelerators. Presentation was in such a manner that was easy to understand by students. How the particles beam were generated and got momentum and energy in different stages were clearly demonstrated visually. How these high energy ionized beams collide and after effect of their collision were to be studied in many dimensions of space and time. Huge data generated needed to be processed, analyzed and stored for future use and available for reference.
It was also demonstrated to all how they developed high speed transmission of data and having a collaboration with many countries across the globe including India @TIFR, MUMBAI. After collision of particles several fundamental particles were generated. One of them was Higgs Boson that reveals the formation of universe. Higgs Boson was detected in the collider of CERN and was well confirmed by scientific community worldwide for which Nobel Prize was awarded to Peter Higgs. Higgs Boson confirmed to be + parity and zero spin. This way the journey to demystify the universe continues at CERN.
Physicists are still working to find more dimensions of particles generated in collider. It's really a challenging task in days to come. A fantastic lecture was given on quantum mechanics so that understanding these at microscopic level becomes feasible as everything becomes probabilistic and measurement at this scale with accuracy becomes challenging. They explained how to simulate the data obtained in collider experiment to further modify the experimental condition as these particles move with speed very close to that of speed of light.
Certainly the elaborated view at CERN is going to ignite the young brains to explore the universe and also give me ample space to have in-depth analysis.
It also created a channel for me to carry out further research in the area of particle physics in finding more dimensions.
We also got acquainted with different cultures and work style of people of Switzerland. Public transport system, cleanliness, work culture and ethics were to be admired by all. This visit has been academically as well as morally very uplifting for all students and me.
My special thanks to Chairman, TAURIAN WORLD SCHOOL, Mr. Amith Bajla to provide this opportunity to us.
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