This is a model piece of a detector from the LHC (Large Hadron Collider, CERN).
Overview and Background
Particle detectors are crucial at CERN and in other particle accelerators. The data from controlled collisions must be carefully recorded, and every single particle must be detected. New and interesting particles, like the Higgs Boson, are usually quick to decay. They can be identified through detection of the particles which they decay into. Particles are detected on the large silicon sheets, modelled here (flat plane with indents to show where the electric current would travel).
Lesson Plan and Activity
Tactile Collider: Higgs
This object forms a part of the Higgs station in the Tactile Collider project. Other resources and full lesson plan ideas can be found at our website: www.tactilecollider.uk