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The science of particles

Large Hadron Collider

The science of particles

Explore the frontiers of physics, from Higgs bosons to enigmatic dark matter.

Everything we experience in our everyday lives is the result of just a few fundamental particles. A ray of sunshine is a stream of particles of light, or photons. Your own body is a complex machine made of quarks and electrons. Physicists have uncovered much about the structure of matter, but there still remain some huge unsolved mysteries.
Explore the frontiers of physics, from Higgs bosons to enigmatic dark matter in our series of short videos.

Videos: The science of particles

Explore the frontiers of physics, from Higgs bosons to enigmatic dark matter in our series of short videos.

The Standard Model of particle physics has one gaping hole; it fails to account for around 95% of the universe.

What is dark matter?

The Standard Model of particle physics has one gaping hole; it fails to account for around 95% of the universe.

On the 15th June 2012 hundreds of physicists crammed into a conference room at CERN, to hear a presentation which would bring an end the search for the Higgs boson.

The hunt for the Higgs boson

On the 15th June 2012 hundreds of physicists crammed into a conference room at CERN, to hear a presentation which would bring an end the search for the Higgs boson.

It’s the favoured fodder of sci-fi writers, but antimatter is no fiction; it’s real and our very existence depends upon its properties.

What is antimatter?

It’s the favoured fodder of sci-fi writers, but antimatter is no fiction; it’s real and our very existence depends upon its properties.

Max and Tangle Do Particle Physics

BAFTA award-winning Brothers McLeod to bring particle physics to life in this short animation.

What is antimatter?

Watch as Dr Harry Cliff explores the mysteries of antimatter, symmetry and the Big Bang - all in just under 90 seconds.

What is dark matter?

Learn all you need to know about dark matter in just 2 minutes, from Dr. Harry Cliff, Collider exhibition curator.

What is the Higgs boson?

Learn all you need to know about the Higgs boson in just 90 seconds, from from Dr. Harry Cliff, a physicist and Collider exhibition curator.

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