Information for schools and the general public
Useful Websites for Schools (and others!)
Here are some interesting websites, mainly
about particle physics.
Introductions to Particle Physics
Major Particle Physics Labs and Detectors
Other interesting sites
"Hands on" Particle Physics
The lists are by no means exhaustive, but are the
result of some knowledge coupled with occasional "surfing". They all display
properly with the latest version of Netscape running on a PC, but other than
that there are no guarantees that they will download properly.
The level of knowledge required varies from site to
site. While some are aimed at the real beginner, others are more suitable for
those who have already studied some particle physics. Constructive comments will
be gratefully received!
Gerald Myatt (University of Oxford)
Introductions to Particle Physics
Particle Physics UK
The starting place to give the web surfer access to various
particle physics sites. Look here, for example, for the UK universities that
work in particle physics, which experiments they work on - and who can give
talks on particle physics. Also featuring regular news items, "what's on" in
particle physics, and a growing library of images under "Picture of the
Big Bang Science
PPARC's booklet introducing particle physics, especially at
CERN and its Large Electron Positron collider (LEP).
The Particle Adventure
Learn about basic particle physics
in an interactive "Particle Adventure", a web-site from the Contemporary Physics
Education Project (CPEP), which is mirrored in Durham. See
for classroom activities and
http://www.cpepweb.org/ for more information about the CPEP. Also links to sites (not mirrored) about Plasma
Physics and Fusion and about Nuclear Science.
SLAC Virtual Visitor Center
An excellent site from the Stanford Linear Accelerator
Center in California, home to the 2-mile long linear electron accelerator. There
is a lot of good information here.
All about neutrinos
An informative guide to the
history of neutrinos and the various puzzles surrounding them.
High-energy physics made painless
Articles from Ferminews - the
newsletter of Fermilab - which aim to explain ideas in particle physics in
Of interest to schools ....
Goodies about particle physics, including a "slide show"
introduction to particle physics.
"Hands on" Particle Physics
Events in DELPHI
An introduction to interpreting events in one of the four LEP
detectors at CERN. If you can run Java you can also try rotating and zooming
Hands on CERN
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chance to rotate and zoom real events from the DELPHI detector. Click on the
event display, read the instructions and select the detector components. Useful
in conjunction with the above two sites.
Identifying events at LEP
A self-guided tutorial aimed at sixth-formers which
explains how to understand event pictures from the OPAL detector at LEP,
together with a five-part challenge (with the answers!).
Making top quark data accessible
Use conservation of momentum to calculate
the mass of the top quark, complete with pages for students and pages for
at schools, based on the interpretation of photographs of particle tracks in
Physics Labs and Detectors
CERN - Europe's main centre for particle
Home of particle physics in Europe and the invention of the World Wide
Web. The site includes general information about particle physics, links to
experiments, and some information for teachers at
. Also keep a look out for up-coming webcasts, and take a look
at the antimatter site,
Welcome to the DELPHI experiment
More detailed information on the DELPHI detector, with some good
event pictures for the more advanced student (under "About DELPHI - DELPHI
The OPAL detector
More detailed information about OPAL - for the seriously
interested. There is also good tutorial on typical events in OPAL, with pictures
(in both GIF and Postscript formats) - again for the keener enthusiast - at
Learning physics from ALEPH
More detailed information about one of the four LEP
detectors at CERN, and events therein, for the more advanced student. Needs a
Postscript viewer to view events. However you can find events in GIF format at
The ATLAS detector
The biggest of the detectors being built
for CERN's next accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This links to
Public pages on a server in the US.
The CMS detector
The smaller "general purpose detector"
being buit for LHC. ("C" is for compact!).
The LHCb detector
The experiment at the LHC that may help
us understand why we aren't made from antimatter.
DESY laboratory, Hamburg
The home of HERA, the world’s only electron-proton collider.
The links on this page take you mainly to sites in English, but the navigation
bar at the top at present takes you to German pages.
The H1 experiment at HERA
introduction to one of the major experiments on the HERA collider at DESY,
including a "tour" and event displays.
The ZEUS experiment at
The second of the two major experiments investigating electron-proton
collisions at DESY. There are some interesting attempts to explain the physics
behind the published papers at
BaBar and the Missing Antimatter
An introduction to the BaBar experiment and its search for
subtle differences beteen matter and antimatter. A teaching package on special
relativity and its application to events in BaBar can be found at
Physics at Fermilab
An introduction to aspects of particle physics from
Fermilab in the US.
Particle physics underground, without accelerators, at an
international laboratory in Italy, under the Gran Sasso Massif.
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
This laboratory is deep underground in Canada and houses
the SNO apparatus designed to detect neutrinos from the Sun.
A starting point for anyone who wants to
know about the wide variety of experiments with neutrinos
The Official String Theory
So what is string theory? Find out at this excellent site
by the physicist-wife of one of the pioneers of string theory.
Dark matter tutorial
A valuable dark matter tutorial, with interactive simulations
for those who can run with Java.
COSMOS - National Cosmology
This gives access to an excellent introduction to cosmology,
set up by cosmologists at Cambridge. With good illustrations.
The Brilliance of
How synchrotron radiation is produced and
used at the UK's Daresbury Laboratory.
An introduction to the world's
"brightest" pulsed neutron and muon source at the UK's Rutherford Appleton
An interactive tour of materials research at the Advanced Light
Source at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California, with the opportunity
to acquire a poster!
Astronomy Picture of the Day
different picture each day, with a brief explanation.
The Electronic Nobel
All about all the Nobel prizes, from 1901 to the
present day, including videos of the Nobel lectures for the most recent