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Physicist enlightens students on particle physics, astrophysics

Posted on July 8, 2011, Friday

SHARING KNOWLEDGE: The students listen attentively as White talks about particle physics and astrophysics.

KUCHING: More than 100 students were enlightened on particle physics and astrophysics when Prof Bebo White deliberated a talk at Planetarium Sultan Iskandar in the civic centre here yesterday.

The Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC) of Stanford University said particle physics “is sometimes referred to as High Energy Physics (HEP).”

“Particle physics is to understand the basic building blocks of all matter in the universe and the basic forces that cause these building blocks to interact with each other.

“Astrophysics is the study of physical processes on the scale of the universe,” he said during the talk titled ‘Particle Astrophysics – Exploring the Furthest and the Deepest’.

Working as a computational physicist, White pointed out that “astrophysics is different from astronomy and cosmology.”

“Astronomy is the observation of stars and bodies of the universe, to identify them and their relationships as well as how they move.

“Cosmology involves the study of where the universe comes from, where it is going and what will happen to the universe. Hence, astrophysics is different from astronomy and cosmology,” he said.

In a statement, particle astrophysics is said to merge the worlds of particle physics (the deepest) with astrophysics (the furthest) to address some of the most fundamental questions about the universe.

An understanding of the basic particles and forces that define matter provide clues to the beginning and end of the universe and the turbulent phenomena that astronomers observe, it added.

During the talk, White showed students slides on, among others, standard model of fundamental particles and interactions, properties of the interactions and history of the universe.

The hour-long talk aimed to cultivate interest among the young in Science so as to help the state unearth or develop scientists and physicists.

 

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SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE: White enlightens students on particle physics and astrophysics.KUCHING: More than 100 students were enlightened on particle physics and astrophysics when Prof Bebo White deliberated a talk at Planetarium Sultan Iskandar in the civic centre here yesterday.

The Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC) of Stanford University said particle physics “is sometimes referred to as High Energy Physics (HEP).”

“Particle physics is to understand the basic building blocks of all matter in the universe and the basic forces that cause these building blocks to interact with each other.

“Astrophysics is the study of physical processes on the scale of the universe,” he said during the talk titled ‘Particle Astrophysics – Exploring the Furthest and the Deepest’.

Working as a computational physicist, White pointed out that “astrophysics is different from astronomy and cosmology.”

“Astronomy is the observation of stars and bodies of the universe, to identify them and their relationships as well as how they move.

“Cosmology involves the study of where the universe comes from, where it is going and what will happen to the universe. Hence, astrophysics is different from astronomy and cosmology,” he said.

In a statement, particle astrophysics is said to merge the worlds of particle physics (the deepest) with astrophysics (the furthest) to address some of the most fundamental questions about the universe.

An understanding of the basic particles and forces that define matter provide clues to the beginning and end of the universe and the turbulent phenomena that astronomers observe, it added.

During the talk, White showed students slides on, among others, standard model of fundamental particles and interactions, properties of the interactions and history of the universe.

The hour-long talk aimed to cultivate interest among the young in Science so as to help the state unearth or develop scientists and physicists.

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