Talk on “God Particle”

In order to encourage participation of Indian students and teachers as researchers in the European Council of Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Ashoka University in collaboration with the Life Lab Foundation organized a talk on ‘The God Particle’ in NCUI Auditorium, on 4th August 2017. Two teachers from NiBS, Ms. Chandni and Ms. Sarita, had the golden opportunity to be a part of that programme. The resource person, Dr. Mick Storr, a scientist at CERN provided the audience with detailed information about CERN’s mission and the intense research on the God Particle, the most fundamental particle of all. He also discussed the working of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in detail through a PowerPoint presentation. This was followed by a talk by Dr. Archana Sharma, the only permanent scientist from India at CERN, who spoke about radiation and radiation detectors. She emphasized the fact that the God particle, or the Higgs Boson, as it is usually called, was predicted way back in 1964 by Peter Higgs, however, it was only in 2012 that it was observed at CERN. She encouraged the students to think about fundamental questions of science and to participate in the ongoing research at CERN. Both the teachers shared their learning with the students in a special assembly and encouraged them to cultivate the skills of research and scientific temper.