Physics Trip to Geneva

Monday 24th April 2023

At the end of the Lent Term, a group of 24 eager Physics pupils embarked on a thrilling journey to Geneva, Switzerland, the hub of cutting-edge scientific research. The four-day trip presented an unparalleled opportunity to visit two of the world’s most prestigious research facilities: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and the Swiss Plasma Center.

The adventure began with a captivating tour of the Swiss Plasma Center, where they delved into the fascinating world of plasma physics and nuclear fusion. Here, they were particularly enthralled by the demonstrations of how plasma is contained for future nuclear fusion reactors. The visit sparked numerous conversations about the potential of nuclear fusion as a clean and sustainable energy source, which could revolutionise the way we power our world.

Next, Marlburians visited the LHC, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. Pupils were awestruck by the sheer scale and complexity of the facility, which has made groundbreaking discoveries in particle physics, including the Higgs boson. Engaging discussions took place regarding the Collider’s role in expanding our understanding of the universe and the potential applications of its findings.

In addition to the scientific explorations, the group had the chance to immerse themselves in Swiss culture. A memorable evening was spent at Hotel Edelweiss, a traditional Swiss restaurant offering a delightful blend of culinary delights and local entertainment. Pupils enjoyed yodelling, Swiss horn playing, and, of course, an abundance of delicious fondue.

The trip also featured a scenic boat cruise on Lac Léman, which allowed the group to appreciate the natural beauty of the area despite the chilly weather. Wrapped up in warm clothing, the travelling party relished the breath-taking views of the snow-capped mountains and picturesque lakeside towns.

Throughout the journey, the pupils not only deepened their understanding of Physics and its real-world applications but also forged lasting friendships and memories. The Physics Trip to Geneva proved to be yet another unforgettable experience, combining learning, exploration, and camaraderie in the heart of Switzerland.

Chris Wheatland
Head of Physics
Twitter: @MCol_Science

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