The MoEDAL Experiment
The MoEDAL experiment (Monopoles and Exotics Detector at the LHC) is the 7th major experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. Housed in the LHCb interaction point, it will probe the 13 TeV proton-proton collisions for signs of Paul Dirac's hypothesised magnetic monopole, as well as other highly ionising signs of new physics that the other LHC experiments cannot easily look for.
Timepix detectors are used throughout the cavern to monitor background radiation from the proton-proton collisions. Thanks to our students’ expertise with the Timepix detector, the Institute for Research in Schools is a full member of the MoEDAL Collaboration. This means that CERN@school students can access data from the MoEDAL experiment and contribute to the MoEDAL Collaboration’s research programme.
Opportunities for students
There are many ways for students to get involved with the MoEDAL experiment:
- Take part in one of the CERN@school Citizen Science projects as a Citizen Scientist – hosted by our friends at The Zooniverse – where you can look at and analyse read data from the MoEDAL experiment’s detectors;
- Work with us to analyse classification data from the CERN@school Citizen Science projects and extract results for the MoEDAL Collaboration’s research programme;
- Use data from the MoEDAL experiment to develop your own Citizen Science projects using the Zooniverse’s Pantopes system.
Once you have signed up with the Institute for Research in Schools we can discuss which type of project would be best for your team – please do get in touch!