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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series: To the Limit - adventures in distance, time and energy

13th February 2017, 18:15 to 19:15, Ken Wade Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Dr Christine Sutton

Experiments that probe distances less than a millionth the size of an atom. Particles that live for less than the time it takes for light to cross the atomic nucleus. Matter as it would have been when the Universe was less than a millionth of a second old. To learn more about the fundamental particles of matter, researchers explore some of the extremes of the physical world, in particular nowadays at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. In a journey that began more than a century ago, they visit some of the current limits of scales in distance, time and energy.

Dr Christine Sutton is an honorary member of CERN, where she was editor of CERN’s magazine, the CERN Courier from 2003-2015. She became fascinated by the physics of fundamental particles as a student, and followed this up with a PhD and some time in research. She then worked for the magazine New Scientist and went on to be active both in research and in writing about particle physics, being author of several books for the general public, including Spaceship Neuturino (with Frank Close and Michael Marten) The Particle Odyssey. After 10 years in research support and teaching at the University of Oxford, she joined CERN in 2002.

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