ZoomIn - Making the Invisible Visible

The world of the smallest particles are not visible to the unaided eye. How do particle physicists make these smallest structures of matter visible all the same?

Some answers to this question were given to the visitors of PRISMA’s exhibition „ZoomIN - Making the Invisible Visible“ from October 24 to November 30, 2017 in the „Schule des Sehens“ at Campus Mainz university.

The scientists use the principle of the human vision extending it by constructing high-tech eyes, so called detectors. These detectors are mostly huge appliances at the most unusual places worldwide. And in contrast to the human eye can use different kind of radiation and other frequencies as „light source“ that is necessary for vision.

The exhibition introduced the visitors into the world of elementary particles and their detection. During the tour they learned how the research teams at PRISMA tackle the puzzles of particle physics with the help of large scale experiments like MESA at JGU, IceCube in Antarctica, or ATLAS at CERN.