EXPERIENCE the sights and sounds of a sonic boom at Manchester Science Festival!
Super K Sonic BOOOOum at MMU is the perfect festival event – offering a fascinating insight into the secrets of the Universe with an added dose of adrenaline.
From October 23-27 MMU’s Faculty of Science and Engineering on Oxford Road is hosting a huge replica of the Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory in Japan, where 50,000 tons of pure water and eleven thousands golden photomultiplier tubes keep watch for supernovas in our galaxy.
The tubes register the amount of light created when a neutrino meets an electron of ultra-pure water and creates a Sonic Boom, an explosion faster than the speed of the light.
Scientists postulate that neutrinos, one of the most abundant building blocks of nature, can give us insights into the basic nature of matter, the universe, and the laws of physics!
Festival-goers can board a dinghy and sail through a tunnel lined with thousands of gold balloons. Passengers hear loud booms and see bright flashes of blue light – Cherenkov Radiation – that shake and shudder the balloons replicating the real Super K interactions.
Designed by French art-scientist Nelly Ben Hayoun the installation takes visitors on a subatomic adventure, in the capable hands of leading particle physicists.
Professor Dave Wark, Professor Physics at Imperial College, London says: "Super K Sonic BOOOOM is the most direct connection between scientists and the public I have ever experienced. It is tremendous fun for the scientists as well as the visitors.
"I couldn’t have believed an artist could have made so many people excited about neutrino physics, but Nelly Ben Hayoun has!"