Photograph taken at the 2009 Photowalk at DESY (Courtesy: interactions.org)
By Hamish Johnston
Today I received a press release for an event called the Particle Physics Photowalk.
The idea is that amateur photographers are given access to five of the world’s leading accelerator labs for a day – a “rare opportunity to photograph state-of-the-art accelerators and detectors in all their beauty and complexity”, says the release.
The participating labs are CERN in Switzerland; DESY in Germany; Fermilab in the US; KEK in Japan; and TRIUMF in Canada.
How generous, I thought, for CERN to shutdown the LHC for a day to let in a gaggle of shutterbugs!
I forwarded the press release to a colleague who is a keen amateur photographer and he was on the phone immediately to CERN.
It is bad news, I’m afraid – the LHC will be completely off limits, including the control room.
Of course it’s silly to expect CERN to shutdown the LHC for a bunch of amateur photographers, but barring them from the control room seems a bit mean!
You can register for the Photowalk here.