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150th anniversary of the SFP : accelerator physics exhibition
As part of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Société Française de Physique (SFP), Subatech, in collaboration with Arronax Nantes, hosted an exhibition on 21 and 22 February at the IMT Atlantique premises, featuring a range of activities designed to introduce visitors to the world of particle accelerators. Secondary school pupils and site staff were able to take part in 6 fun experiments:
- The superconductor train
- Experiments with a magnet
- Accelerator salad bar
- Van De Graaff generator
- The round of electrons
- Chladni figures
Our thanks go to Anne Le Pennec, Scientific Communications Officer at Arronax Nantes, for co-organising this event, to the representatives of the SFP (Thibault Genestier, Anne-Sophie Chauchat and Suheyla Bilgen) who made the trip and to the Subatech staff who took part in the activities.
Master Class CERN 2024
Over the past few years, some 6,000 students from more than 20 countries have been visiting high-energy physics laboratories to become researchers for a day by participating in the Masterclasses organised by CERN.
The morning is devoted to discovering research in high-energy physics: the world of particles, their detection and the associated professions. The afternoon is reserved for the exercise during which the students will put themselves in the shoes of a physicist. The results obtained are then presented and discussed during a videoconference with CERN in which other classes from around the world will also participate. The day ends with a short quiz.
Students will be able to analyse data from the ALICE experiment acquired the previous year from collisions at the LHC (the world's most powerful particle accelerator). By searching through the debris of proton collisions, the budding physicists will look for strangeness...
This year, Guillaume Batigne and François Arleo, Subatech researchers, welcomed pupils from the Lycée Saint Stanislas in Nantes on 15 February, who thoroughly enjoyed the event. Like every year, this event is being duplicated worldwide.
Year of physics at Subatech
The French Ministry of Education and Youth, the CEA, the CNRS, France Universités and the Société Française de Physique are dedicating the 2023-2024 school year to physics as part of a scientific mediation operation aimed at schools and the general public.
We took part in the Year of Physics by organizing a training day on Friday, January 12, for 53 middle and high school teachers from the Pays de la Loire region, to help them discover and share advances in our research.
Christophe Lerouge, Director of IMT Atlantique, followed by Ginés Martinez, Director of Subatech, opened the day. This was followed by presentations by SUBATECH's teacher-researchers to a very attentive audience of teachers. The morning ended with a presentation of the MERITE project, supported by the DELMA department.
The afternoon was reserved for group workshops and physics experiments. Teachers showed great interest in the KM3NeT (Cubic KiloMetre Neutrino Telescope) and XEMIS projects, which aim to develop a liquid xenon Compton camera for medical imaging. They also discovered the Wilson fog chamber, which can be used to highlight cosmic radiation. They were able to handle a case from the MERITE project. Finally, they were given a demonstration of the radioactivity present all around us, in everyday objects.
Ginès Martinez: "It was an honor to organize this day dedicated to secondary school teachers, to give them an insight into our research ecosystem. Physics, and in particular subatomic physics, is still the subject of intense research at the Subatech laboratory, both fundamental and directed in the fields of energy, environment and health. I'm proud of the quality of the presentations and workshops, which enabled us to share our advances in subatomic physics and its associated technologies with high school teachers and colleagues from the Pays de la Loire region."