• Question: what do particle physicist do

    Asked by grew354bat to Joanna on 18 Jun 2019.
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      Joanna Huang answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      A particle physicists can do a large variety of things, I’ll list some here:
      (1) Theory – these brilliant minds refine and come up with new ideas to explain things that we don’t currently understand, such as dark matter. These theories involve a lot of original thinking and math!
      (2) Detector physics – in order to detect particles, a lot of work also goes into building and upgrading the detectors. I’d say a large chunk of particle physicists are involved in this part! The detector needs designing, all parts need testing, and assembling!
      (3) Experimental data analysis – I belong to this group, where we plough through the massive amounts of data we get from the experiments, and try to make sense of it. This is the part where we give measurements, and discover new particles if they exist 😀