Particle physics in a rubber dinghy?

Picture 2Don your eye patch and join a motley band of scientists, friends and followers hiding out in the depths of London Bridge’s atmospheric SHUNT Lounge for an extraordinary voyage through the strange seas of particle physics.

With 50,000 tonnes of super pure water and a crew of expert navigators from Queen Mary University of London, and Imperial College London, Super K Sonic Booooum is a mind blowing installation demonstrating the visual equivalent of a massive sonic boom.

A remarkable fusion of water, light and science, the installation – developed by award winning curator Nelly Ben Hayoun – is inspired by physicists at the Super-Kamiokande (Super K) neutrino observatory, a massive subterranean scientific instrument used – amongst other things – to discover traces of exploding stars out there in the universe.

One of the most abundant building blocks of nature, the neutrino is also one of the least understood. They interact very very very rarely with normal matter – you, me, the Earth, or any other bit of the visible universe – and as such, when observed, can give us insight into the basic nature of matter, the universe, and the laws of physics.

Invisible to high-energy detectors like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, scientists search for neutrinos using highly specialised low-energy detectors like the Super K neutrino observatory. As neutrino particles interact in the Super K detector, they produce electrons, muons and other tiny particles travelling faster than the local speed of light; it is these particles that produce the “sonic boom”, and it is this science which inspires Super K Sonic Booooum.

Performance: Super K Sonic Booooum
Dates: 4-7th and 11-14th November
Venue: SHUNT Lounge, Joiner Street, SE1 (under London Bridge Station)
Cost: £5 (Wed/Thurs) and £10 (Fri/Sat)
Note: SHUNT Lounge requires passport or other photo-ID for entry, see website for details

1 thought on “Particle physics in a rubber dinghy?

  1. Celina

    Dr Krauss delivers a faansttic lecture. Science pushes out the shell of understanding for mankind. Long ago the shell of understanding only reached as far as the sky.Navel contemplations (follow the logic sequence):1.) We are made of elements found in the periodic chart .lets call it a sort of dirt .the so called dirt when arranged correctly can understand that it is dirt, thus the dirt understands the universe.2.) To understand the universe humans should break away of thinking as a human. Try to teach a frog to type out the alphabet ..the frogs brain saturates at a much lower level of understanding .the same occurs when humans try to picture the universe at T=0seconds only the language of math will work here.3.) Maybe the universe is the SAME size as a quantum particle of another universe/time it’s all a matter of reference Space

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