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Guest Lecture on Particle Physics
Pathways Noida

The Science department of Pathways School Noida, organized a guest lecture in Particle Physics at the school campus on December 4, 2017. This occasion is a piece of science department endeavor to associate school understudies to eminent educationist and world class explore offices and foundations. The facilitator for this occasion was a famous physicist, Prof. Satyaki Bhattacharya, who is directly connected with the Saha establishment of Nuclear Physics, West Bengal India.

Prof. Satyaki's research is in the area of, Experimental High Energy Physics (EHEP). He is interested in search for new phenomena in high-energy collisions. During his doctoral research, Prof. Satyaki worked for the L3 experiment at the Large Electron Positron (LEP) collider at CERN. In electron positron collision data he had looked for signatures of Super-symmetry. In particular, he searched for scalar (spin 0) lepton production in e+e- collision using LEP2 data.

Since 1999 Prof. Satyaki has been a member of the CMS experiment at Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. In the design phase of the CMS experiment Prof. Satyaki worked on developing a strategy for searching for the Higgs Boson using its decay into a pair of photons.

During the brief meeting with the School Director Dr Shalini Advani , Prof Satyaki discussed on how the scientific community at CERN is actively engaging school and college students in the outreach program.

All the students of grade 11 from Physics stream and some invited members from other grades, IBDP Coordinator, School Principal Mr. Alexander Abraham along with faculty members of science department gathered at the school conference room at 12 Noon. After a brief introduction of Prof. Bhattacharya by our DPC and an overview on the topic of Particle Physics by Mr. Tiwari, podium was handed over to Prof. Satyaki.

During his 60 minutes presentation, Prof. Satyaki took the entranced gathering of people from the very nuts and bolts of Particle Physics to the best in class innovative and logical methodology utilized at LHC, which at long last prompted the disclosure of Higgs Boson on fourth July 2012. The principle subjects of dialog in the introduction were:

  • Basic prologue to the Particle Physics.
  • Importance of Particle Physics to a physicist and to a layman
  • The noteworthiness of putting such a large amount of assets in LHC venture.
  • How Particle Physics interfaces different branches of Physics.
  • Major challenges in Particle Physics.

After the introduction, Prof. Bhattacharya took up a question and answer session. The question on the ethical implications of naming a particulate matter as “God particle” brought in the Theory of knowledge aspect into the discussion and it was interesting to learn of the story behind this nomenclature.

Nobel Prize-winning Physicist Leon Lederman referred to the Higgs as the Goddamn Particle. The nickname was meant to poke fun at how difficult it was to detect the particle. It took nearly half a century and a multi-billion dollar particle accelerator to do it.

The Goddamn Particle was supposed to be the title of Lederman's book that came out in the 1990s and was wildly popular for a book about physics. However, his publishers weren't exactly on board with that phrasing, so the title was changed to The God Particle .

In this session Prof. Satyaki addressed the inquiries asked by the understudies and educators. It was noteworthy to see, students making inquiries that were well past the space of school's Physics syllabi. They were interested about Dark matter and dark energy and how LHC venture will help noting some of these unsolved riddles before the Physics world.



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