LHSee - Large Hadron Collider app - Big bang science in your pocket

October 9, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- Want to find out how to Hunt the Higgs Boson using your phone? Ever wondered how the Large Hadron Collider experiments work, and what the collisions look like?

Scientists at the world's biggest - the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)at CERN, Geneva - are trying to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe, the origin of mass, the structure of space and time, and the conditions of the . For those of us not lucky enough to have the world's highest energy particle smasher in our own back gardens, we can still get close to the action using an exciting new smartphone App.

The new App, called 'LHSee', makes the LHC accessible to anybody with a smartphone or tablet PC running the Android operating system. Written by Oxford University scientists in collaboration with the ATLAS, one of the four LHC experiments at CERN, it has been designed for experts and non-experts alike.

For the first time you can now grab live collision events from the underground detectors in Geneva, and beam them direct to your own device. As well as a variety of educational resources, the application allows you to interact with the collision events in full 3D graphics. You can also find out how the different parts of the detector work, learn how to identify different types of collision, and even put your new skills to the test by playing the 'Hunt the Higgs' game.

Dr Alan Barr of the University of Oxford says: "I love the detail in the live displays - it's amazing to see that you can pick out the different individual ."

With help from their international friends within the ATLAS collaboration, the developers offer the App with language support not just in English, but also in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

The is free to download from the Google Android Marketplace.

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4.7 / 5 (49) Oct 09, 2011
Hopefully they will consider an app for Apple OS
not rated yet Oct 09, 2011
Had a quick play with it, pretty nifty... the 3D view is brilliant.
not rated yet Oct 10, 2011
They could open the source, I'd compile it on my N900 :|
5 / 5 (1) Oct 10, 2011
Is that the LHC in your pocket or are you just happy to see me ?

Respectfully yours,
~ Higgs Boson
1 / 5 (4) Oct 10, 2011
Hopefully they will consider an app for Apple OS
There is no point developing the app for an Apple since Android is a truly open software platform and it's already starting to dominate the smartphone market. 60% of sales in the US are for Android Phones.

It's always better when no Apple CEO gets to decide what your allowed to have available on your phone for software.

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