It’s faster than the speed of light and 100,000 times hotter than the sun, and it’s coming to Brisbane.
Hadron Collider: Step Inside the World’s Greatest Experiment, an internationally touring exhibition from London’s Science Museum, will come to the Queensland Museum in December.
Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says the Hadron Collider exhibition will be the latest in a long line of high-calibre international exhibitions to visit Queensland.
“The Hadron Collider: Step Inside the World’s Greatest Experiment exhibition blends science with theatre and immerses visitors in the world-famous particle physics laboratory CERN in Switzerland where the Higgs boson, or God particle was discovered,” she says.
“Visitors can talk to virtual scientists, walk the tunnels of CERN, stand in the heart of a particle collision and relive a historical moment of scientific discovery.
“Securing award-winning exhibitions such as this not only delivers significant economic impact for the state, it provides an opportunity to inspire a new generation of Queensland scientists and innovative thinkers.”
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest, most sophisticated and most powerful scientific device ever built. It consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets, which sit across Switzerland and Germany. It was built by more than 10,000 physicists and engineers from 100 countries and is known globally for proving the existence of the Higgs boson, also known as the ‘God Particle’.
Queensland Museum CEO and director Suzanne Miller says that while most people know of the Large Hadron Collider, they might not know its function.
“The work being performed by thousands of scientists at the Large Hadron Collider is having an international impact and this state of the art immersive exhibition uses tangible elements to help explain particle physics and quantum mechanics — the science of the truly tiny,” she says.
“With CERN currently working on its second research run of the Large Hadron Collider, which is now 60 per cent more powerful than ever before, it’s an exciting time of discovery for science.
“No other science experiment has captured the imagination quite like the Large Hadron Collider and I am thrilled we are able to share this experience with visitors to Queensland Museum. The exhibition will give them a unique opportunity to be able to see the project through the eyes of the very scientists who have designed and engineered it.”
The immersive exhibition will take visitors into the very heart of a particle collision, with a behind-the-scenes look into the European Organisation for Nuclear Research’s (CERN) particle physics lab in Geneva and the closest experience possible to visiting the site itself.
You’ll explore CERN’s Control Room and huge underground detector cavern and follow the journey of particle beams as they are injected into the accelerator chain, ramped up to speed and steered around the 27 kilometre tunnel. Moving along the tunnel, you’ll be immersed in the highlight of the exhibition — a wrap-around projection taking in both extremes of the scale of the LHC, from an enormous experiment caravan to the very heart of a particle collision.
Hadron Collider: Step Inside the World’s Greatest Experiment runs at the Queensland Museum & Sciencentre from 9 December 2016 to 25 April 2017. Tickets are on sale now at QTIX; for more info about the exhibition, visit qm.qld.gov.au/hadroncollider.