The National Particle Physics Masterclasses

Tuesday March 22nd 2016

Southampton University School of Physics and Astronomy is hosting a day long event, highlighting some of the latest developments in Particle Physics research, and enabling physics students in their sixth form (and their teachers) to experience the excitement of research in this fundamental field. It provides the opportunity to relate A-level physics to fundamental research, and provides valuable access to practical experience and enthusiastic practitioners.


A top quark event from Fermilab's D-Zero detectorA neutrino picture of the SunA neutrino event from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
The Atlas Detector for the Large Hadron ColliderThe Atlas Detector for the Large Hadron ColliderThe Cosmic Microwave Background as seen by the Boomerang experiment


The following activities have been planned for the Masterclass

  • "Light Fantastic" - a laser display and talk by Prof Nick Evans on Relativity and Quantum Mechanics
  • "The Particle World" a talk by James French (a PhD student) about the sub-atomic world
  • "Counting Quarks at LEP" - a computer lab session in which the students will study events from a major particle physics experiment to determine the number of quark colours.
  • "The Large Hadron Collider and Beyond" - a talk by Prof Steve King on the current frontier of the field from the higgs boson to supersymmetry and the current LHC status.

Practical information

Particle Physics Links

Read about a previous Masterclass event in Southampton here


Learn about Particle Physics:
The Particle Adventure
Particle Physics in the UK
Materials for Schools from Royal Holloway
High Energy Physics Laboratories
SLAC Virtual Visitor Centre
Miscellaneous links
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
History of the Neutrino
The Official String Theory web-site

Contact Details

Prof Nick Evans

High Energy Physics Group
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ

+44 (0)23 8059 2092
+44 (0)23 8059 3910

Numbers are limited, so apply early!

One of a set of Masterclasses organised by the High Energy Particle Physics Group of the Institute of Physics throughout the UK during 2005