Sheffield links to discovering the ‘God particle’

Talk: Dr Raymond Veness.
Talk: Dr Raymond Veness.

SHEFFIELD’S connections have been revealed to the global experiment aiming to answer key questions about the universe.

The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, the world’s largest scientific machine, allows physicists to test theories by smashing particles together at incredibly high speeds.

It was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN ,with the help of thousands of experts - and a little something from the Steel City.

Detectors which allow scientists to analyse what happens to particles were partly built at the University of Sheffield.

Several experts working on the scheme studied at the city’s two universities and physics teachers, including one from Aston Academy, have visited the project.

Future CERN projects also involve city firm Independent Forgings and Alloys Ltd and surface coating experts from Sheffield Hallam University.

Dr Raymond Veness, senior engineer, revealed the links before he spoke at a guest lecture as part of Hallam’s Science Festival yesterday.

He said: “You don’t have to look very deep at all to find Sheffield connections to the project.

“I suppose the first and most important things that Sheffield has a direct link to the Large Hadron Collider is that they built part of the detectors here, for example.

“These are the bits that look at what comes out when we smash the particles together.”

Researchers from The University of Sheffield helped discover the obscure Higgs Boson or ‘God particle’ - which physicists believe holds the fabric of the universe together – in the collider.