CERN: The Heart of the Matter - Inside the world's largest particle accelerator
Live @ CERN People Ideas Tools Place
Live @ CERN
"Webcasts live from CERN

November 11 - 21, 2000

Online now
Nov 11 webcasts
Nov 12 webcasts
Nov 18 webcasts
Nov 19 webcasts

Find out the difference between a proton and a positron. See why antimatter isn't. Discover why you are made of matter that's as old as the universe. Scientists at CERN, the European Consortium for Nuclear Research, use some of the biggest tools in the world -- accelerators -- to look at subatomic particles, the tiniest things in our universe.

A live video link will take you to locations around CERN: the Antiproton Decelerator, a particle detector and CERN's treasury of vintage science tools, and more. We'll meet with scientists, machine operators, control-room jockies and others who make CERN a vibrant exciting location for doing science. We'll find out if scientists really think there is a parallel universe, take a look "under the hood" of their experiments, and find out what cool tools they use to do their work.

You'll need the Real Player to watch webcasts.
If you have problems viewing the webcast, see our help page .

After you watch our webcasts, let us know what you think .

PST = Pacific Standard Time
CHT = Swiss time

Saturday, November 11, 2000
Webcast #1
Host Rob Semper answers questions about antimatter from the Exploratorium's Webcast audience.
11 a.m. PDT (8 p.m. CHT):
The Heart of the Matter: A Look Inside Cern
What is antimatter and why are scientists studying it? How is the world's largest particle accelerator constructed? The Exploratorium's Rob Semper talks about how science is done at CERN.
Webcast #2
In the Exploratorium Webcast studio, Rob Semper (r) and Ron Hipschman talk with Melissa Alexander, who joins them virtually from Switzerland.
1 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. CHT):
Inside The AD: CERN's Antiproton Decelerator
A behind the scenes look at how the world's only antimatter factory works, complete with live footage from CERN and a virtual reality tour of the antimatter decelerator.

Live from CERN, researcher Rolf Landua explains why antimatter experiments is like arranging a marriage.
11 a.m. PDT (8 p.m. CHT):
Exotic Atoms and Antihydrogen:
Three Cool Experiments in the AD, part I

Scientists at CERN in Switzerland explain to the Exploratorium's San Francisco audience why preparing for antimatter experiments is like arranging a marriage.
Webcast #4
A technician at CERN pulls a very cold accelerator pipe out of a magnet in the ATHENA experiment.
1 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. CHT):
Exotic Atoms and Antihydrogen:
Three Cool Experiments in the AD, part II

Making antihydrogen is no easy matter. Rearchers at CERN show Melissa Alexander and Tom Humphrey where positrons live and how they keep them as cold as deep space.

Saturday, November 18, 2000
Webcast #5
The "Mission Impossible" team searching for antiprotons.
11 a.m. PDT (8 p.m. CHT):
The Antimatter Factory
Follow CERN's Mission Impossible team as they races against the clock to collect all they need to bring antihydrogen back to CERN's webcast headquarters.

For the complete CERN webcast without Exploratorium commentary, CLICK HERE .

Webcast #6
Exploratorium physicist Tom Humphrey sits on a quadrupole magnet that holds a piece of beam pipe.
11 a.m. PDT (8 p.m. CHT):
Antimatter: The cool tool tour
The Exploratorium's Tom Humphrey takes you around the Antiproton Decelerator, from beam pipes to antihydrogen traps.

Sunday, November 19, 2000
Webcast #7
CERN's Alvaro De Rujala explains the importance of the Higgs boson.
11 a.m. PDT (8 p.m. CHT):
The Mystery of the Higgs Boson
Have CERN's scientists seen a glimpse of the particle that could complete the Standard Model? Hear about the science behind the search, and take a tour of the detector.
Webcast #8
Looking down the hall of the now-defunct LEP detector.
11 a.m. PDT (8 p.m. CHT):
The Quest for the Higgs Boson
What does it mean to find the Higgs? Hear how this elusive particle could change our understanding of physics.

Additional CERN Webcast - November 21, 2000

CLICK HERE for an additional CERN originated webcast!

National Science Foundation

Tandberg USA

"Quark Sing-a-long" theme music used with permission.
Composed and performed by Lynda Williams,


The Heart of the Matter



© 2000 The Exploratorium