ATLAS Virtual Visit from Beijing
Physics students at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China asking questions to Ning Zhou and Marc Cano of ATLAS. (Image: CERN)

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ATLAS Virtual Visits


A Virtual Visit is a live video connection to the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Visitors meet with a guide who is a scientist or an engineer working on the experiment. This guide leads visitors through either the control room or to the detector itself (only during planned shutdowns of the LHC).

A Virtual Visit consists of two parts:

  1. The guides introduce themselves and describe their work in particle physics. They then present CERN, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and the ATLAS experiment, including its goals and recent accomplishments.
  2. The guides invite questions from the audience for the rest of the session, an essential part of the visit. We recommend audiences prepare questions ahead of time. This can be facilitated by viewing this introductory video.

Participants interact with their guides via web-based video conferencing applications, such as ZOOM. We conduct at least one technical test before the visit to ensure all runs smoothly. When possible, we record the events for later viewing.