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Scientists decode God particle for students

From the significance of studying the Higgs Boson to the effects of parton-parton collision to why the Higgs Boson is called the God particle, students from city schools were in quest of answers at a public lecture on “Higgs searches and beyond at the Large Hadron Collider” at Science City on Tuesday.

Taking the questions at the session, organised jointly by the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Science City, were physicists from the Salt Lake institute, including director Milan Kumar Sanyal, professors Sunanda Banerjee and Subir Sarkar, who were involved in the CMS experiment, and professor Palash Baran Pal.

While Pal traced the evolution of quantum physics and the discovery of the Higgs Boson, it was Banerjee’s slideshows that explained the CERN experiment. “It was a nice opportunity to interact with youngsters and clear their doubts,” said Banerjee.

Asking the questions were students from South City International School, La Martiniere for Girls, National English School, St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Santoshpur Rishi Aurobindo Balika Vidyapeath, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur, BD Memorial Institute, DPS Megacity and a school of the TechnoIndia Group.

Explaining the relevance of an interaction on the topics with students who are yet to learn particle physics, Aratuli Chakraborty, a physics teacher at La Martiniere for Girls, said: “It’s such a phenomenal thing, the most important discovery of the century, that we decided to bring our students here. There were a lot of questions that they were asking which we could not answer in class. So the best thing was for them to listen to scientists and get their doubts cleared.”