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The Large Hadron Collider will enable more detailed study of antimatter
The Large Hadron Collider will enable more detailed study of antimatter

Press Release - 25 January 2006

Free public lecture: The quest for antimatter

Why do we exist? Matter and antimatter should annihilate one another, leading to an empty Universe! This, one of the fundamental questions of existence, will be discussed at a free public lecture at the University of Bath in Swindon next week (1 February).

Dr Glenn Patrick will explain the challenge faced by physicists to try to understand why matter triumphed over antimatter in the Big Bang. His lecture traces the story of antimatter from a speculative idea in the 19th century to the very latest results in Particle Physics, at a level that everyone can enjoy and assuming no previous knowledge.

He says: “Far from being the stuff of science fiction, antimatter is routinely created using accelerators. Experiments studying millions of antiparticles reveal tiny, but crucial, differences with normal matter; which can provide an insight into the symmetries of nature and may explain the absence of antimatter in the universe.”

Dr Patrick is a physicist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and has worked in particle physics research for 30 years. He has led a number of science communication projects to make advanced physics accessible to schoolchildren and the general public.

Admission to the talk is free, and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking available in the West Car Park. All lectures run from 5.30pm until 6.30pm in the Main Hall on the Oakfield Campus, Marlowe Avenue.

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