by Anmol Razdan. Published: 26 August 2012

I come from one of the best designed cities in India, Chandigarh, also known as the “city beautiful”designed by French architect, Le Corbusier. As a part of one of the most prestigious universities of the country, I have been a student of Computer Science and Engineering at Panjab University. Apart from the university academics, I am an Ambassador and a Student Council member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) and an international chess player.

Being a part of the largest particle physics laboratory in itself is once in a lifetime opportunity. Getting into touch with one of the greatest minds ever is another. Working with the best as part of the group is yet another, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a part of the ALICE team and working with them on projects and technologies I had only heard of.


"[...]Working with the best as part of the group is yet another, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a part of the ALICE team and working with them on projects and technologies I had only heard of. "

I joined CERN on 18th June, 2012 and the entire work unit was celebrating the ALICE week (18-22nd June, 2012). The awesome barbecue helped me to interact informally with most of the ALICE crew and had a great time sharing experiences with the most profound people in their respective fields. I was then introduced to my work project and the rest of the team whom I had to work with.

The announcement of the “Higgs Boson like particle” on 4th July, 2012 just added fervor to my stay. Attending the event live with the greatest physicists and researchers at a historic day made my stay more exciting than ever. Being associated with CERN made me interact with the lecturers during the summer student lecture program, where I could directly share my ideas and clarify any doubts with the concerned physicists.

The return of the astronauts on 25th July, 2012 to CERN just gave the final push to the ever so exciting summer at CERN. It helped me realize my dream of meeting astronauts and clicking photographs with them. We were amongst the lucky ones who were a part of the summer students to visit the ALICE detector and were also given an opportunity to visit the other detectors.


Anmol with Micheal Fincke "Mike" (Mission Specialist-1)

We were allowed to be a part of the workshops, like the cloud chamber workshop, where I made my own particle detector to detect cosmic rays and observed them with the naked eye. Thus, I got a first-hand experience of making my own particle detector and understood the underlying fundamentals of the most complicated machine in the world, the LHC.


Anmol arranges the various apparatus for the cloud chamber.


"Being associated with CERN made me interact with the lecturers during the summer student lecture program, where I could directly share my ideas and clarify any doubts with the concerned physicists."

The summer intern program helped to gain a first-hand experience of understanding the different cultures of around 71 nationalities across the globe. My work group also comprised of employees of different nationalities and it was a wonderful experience to work with them. Without a second thought, CERN provided me with the best summer of my life and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Geneva and would love to be a part of the organization in near future.