• Tue
    Prof Alan Watson (Leeds University )

    The energies of the rarest cosmic rays far surpass the energy of the fastest proton beams at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN. Prof Watson will outline the role of cosmic rays in the development of particle physics and describe the observatory in Argentina, covering an area the size of West Yorkshire, which is used to study particles with kinetic energies comparable to that of a tennis ball hit by Andy Murray. Prof Watson will explain the scientific interest in these particles.

    Professor Alan Watson is a leading expert on cosmic rays, He appeared on Melvyn Bragg's BBC Radio 4 programme "In Our Time" in the episode on cosmic rays.