Langley are thrilled to present a Q&A evening with François Butin, leading CERN Physicist and Engineer, at 6pm on Thursday 30th January 2020 in the MPH at Langley Senior School, Loddon.

We are very lucky to have Francois Butin coming over to deliver the talk on Antimatter; as he runs the Antimatter Factory at CERN he is probably one of the best placed people in the known Universe to deliver this!

Aimed at GCSE pupils and beyond, Francois will talk about the antimatter paradox and all other things CERN.

François BUTIN graduated in 1992 as an Aerospace mechanical engineer at Ecole Nationale Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse (France), satisfying both his passion for the mysteries of the universe and for fast flying machines. He first arrived at CERN in October 1992 to accomplish his military service that was still mandatory in France at that time.
Although CERN does not pursue any military research, a program allowed a select few young French engineers to perform research activities for 16 months instead of the more traditional military service.

François was thrilled to find out that CERN’s objective was to solve some of the most challenging mysteries of the universe, with the help of the fastest machine on Earth.
He first participated in the design of the central detector of ATLAS, the largest of the four LHC experiments, that later discovered the Higgs boson.
His education in aerospace mechanics then led him to participate in the design of the AMS satellite, now hovering connected to the International Space station. It was his first step into the mysteries of antimatter, as the objective of AMS is the direct search for antimatter around our planet.
François then returned to ATLAS in 1995, which was entering the challenging stage of assembly at the time. He was put in charge of coordinating the installation of the whole underground infrastructure.

After closing the ATLAS cavern for the start of LHC physics in 2009, and after a 6 month break for a round the world trip with his family, he joined the Antiproton Decelerator at CERN, to coordinate the design, construction and assembly of the new ELENA (Extra Low ENergy Antiproton) synchrotron. His mission today is to coordinate the connection of this new synchrotron to the existing and new experiments that will try to answer one of the most intriguing questions : what happened to the antimatter created together with our universe at the time of the Big Bang.

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For further information please don’t hesitate to email Phil McComish, Head of Physics at Langley Senior school: