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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has teamed up with the Institute of Physics (IoP) to hold a free-to-attend lecture explaining the study of minute compounds.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was built by CERN, a particle physics laboratory, to study the smallest components in the universe.

For years, CERN has had the support of engineers and physicists all over the world investing time and effort in designing and constructing what has been described as the world’s largest experiment.

Although physicists, through previous experiments, have extensive knowledge about these components, they believe that there is much more to discover and far more to understand.

At the lecture, which is intended to shed some light on the subject, speaker Lyn Evans, an expert in particle accelerators, will describe some of the technical innovation and challenges in the LHC’s design and construction.

Tara Shears, a particle physicist, will talk about some of the discoveries and pose questions on particle physics.

Shears, who is also a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, will be asking the most pressing questions: the question of mass and the search for the Higgs boson.

The Higgs boson – also known as the ‘God particle’ – is the only particle that has not yet been observed.

She will also question the problem of the antimatter and the search for dark matter.

During her time at the University of Cambridge, where she studied a PhD in particle physics, Shears analysed data from the Opal experiment and measured the lifetime of one fundamental particle – the bottom quark.

The event is scheduled to be held at Savoy Place – the London home of the IET – on 19 May 2009 at 18:00.

IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology)

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