Posts tagged cern
Listen to the Higgs Boson
When I visited CERN last year, I was blown away not only by the science, but by the incredible amount of artistic creativity in the people that live and work at the biggest science experiment in the world. We met people in bands, people who painted murals, videographers, and so much more. So this little project by the folks at ATLAS to ‘sonify’ the Higgs finding just has me grinning. They assigned notes to data points and what came out was this lovely little habanera rhythm that corresponds with the Higgs.
It’s such a fun piece of music.
A video tour of the antimatter trap at CERN. This is the device that allows scientists to capture antimatter long enough to a) confirm its existence and b) study its properties, as mentioned yesterday.
It exists in the device for only minutes, but for an atomic particle that’s an eternity. Then they allow the antimatter particles to escape and record their energy release. Great video about a very complicated device and concept.
This is a great video of the ATRAP experiment at CERN. I really dug that place. Unlike the rest of the detector caverns, which all seemed very large and polished and impressive, the ATRAP experiment felt like a crazy concrete bunker or some kind of enormous garage full of engineering experiments. All the cables and wires needed for the machines just ran along the ground or hung from scaffolding. Most stuff had some form of condensation or frost from the supercooling liquid hydrogen pumped in to chill things down. It was nutso. And awesome.