The much-anticipated premier of the movie Angels & Demons — based on a book by best-selling author Dan Brown — will feature CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, located in Geneva, Switzerland. This is exciting news for Carleton because a group from the university worked on the ATLAS experiment, one of four large detectors located around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at CERN.
“Having your experiment featured in a major Hollywood movie is not exactly an everyday experience for someone working in physics,” says Carleton physicist Dr. Gerald Oakham, a member of the Carleton team that worked on ATLAS. “But then ATLAS is not the average scientific experiment. It’s a 6,000-ton detector built by 2,000 scientists and engineers from all over the world.
“I hope that the fact that parts of the Angels & Demons movie were shot around the ATLAS experiment will raise people’s curiosity about ATLAS and CERN and the work we are doing. Hopefully we will then get the opportunity to tell more people about the fundamental physics we hope to uncover.”
To coincide with the premier of the movie later this month, Carleton is hosting a lecture.
The Carleton University team is made up of Dr. Oakham, Dr. David Asner and Dr. Manuella Vincter, a Canada Research Chair in particle physics. As well, two Carleton research associates and several doctoral students participated on the Carleton team which worked with scientists around the world on the experiment to discover more about the origins of the universe by recreating the aftermath of the Big Bang.