Scenery and Science in a Physics Wonderland

    Mpfsh t8 400x400
    30 Aug 2018
    Clock 30min      Length9mi
    Rating
    15 ratings
    Share

    Meson Area, FTBF

    Pay wave

    Turn left back onto Discovery Road and continue driving back the way you came.

    Here at Fermilab, we explore the Standard Model, our basic picture of particles physics. We’ve already talked about some of the 13 fundamental building blocks. There are the quarks, which come in six varieties: up, down, top, bottom, charm, and strange. Up and down quarks combine to make up the protons and neutrons in your atoms.

    Mesons are particles made of one quark and one antiquark, and ahead on your right is the orange and blue-roofed Meson building. This is now the home of the Fermilab Test Beam Facility, where researchers test their experimental components before putting them in their projects. In fact, this is the only facility in the United States that lets scientists from all over the world test their detectors with high-energy hadron beams. A hadron is a kind of particle made of quarks, and includes mesons as well as baryons, which are made of three quarks.

    Quarks are one big chunk of the Standard Model. Another group contains the leptons, the most famous of which is the electron that powers electronics. There are also other leptons: heavier versions of the electron called the muon and the tau, as well as the three flavors of neutrinos – the electron, muon and tau neutrinos. Finally, there are the force carriers, or bosons, and the famous Higgs boson, which gives particles mass.

Similar Audio Tours in Chicago

Bill ayers 200x200
by William Ayers in Chicago
29 Jan 2016
Washington square park southeast entrance  chicago

A Storied Neighborhood, Wrapped in Contradiction

Distance 2mi
Duration 50min
10 ratings

The route begins at the Laboratory Schools founded by John Dewey, and winds through the University of Chicago. Along the way walkers will encounter world renowned architects and Nobel Laureates, robber barons and artists, the DuSable Museum of... More»


Volicon
Locicon 5879-5899 So...
Amy
by Amy Bizzarri in Chicago
04 Aug 2016
Option 2 ks

Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop

Distance 2mi
Duration 50min
5 ratings

This tour will take you to some of the timeless, classic spots that evoke the unique character of Chicago's Loop. It includes charming stories that tell you what each place is like now and how it got that way, from classic restaurants to shops and... More»


Volicon
Locicon 111 South Mi...
Book pic
by Lisa Caskey in Chicago
01 Dec 2016
Chicago cubs voicemap walking tour lisa caskey

The Curious Curse of the Chicago Cubs

Distance 1.5mi
Duration 50min
0 ratings

Before winning the World Series in 2016, it was believed that the Chicago Cubs were cursed. Starting and ending at Wrigley Field itself, find out more about that curse on this fictional tour of Chicago's Wrigleyville and Boystown neighborhoods.