Ferrybank man part of world nuclear research

Eoin Butler at work analyzing some experiment results at CERN.

Eoin Butler at work analyzing some experiment results at CERN.

A Ferrybank scientist is part of the groundbreaking team at CERN, the European organisation for advanced nuclear research, which recently successfully produced and trapped anti-matter atoms, a major scientific breakthrough.

The Geneva based CERN is the world’s leading laboratory for particle physics and one of its key scientists is Eoin Butler from Ballyrobin, Ferrybank. Son of John and Stella Butler, he was educated at Strangsmills NS and Waterpark College, Waterford, before attending and graduating from NUI, Maynooth. He is working on the CERN project, code-named Alpha, while studying for his PhD in Physics through Swansea University.

Eoin always had a keen interest in physics which led him to studying such a project. The team at CERN has successfully produced and trapped atoms of antihydrogen and this development opens the path to new ways of making detailed measurements of antihydrogen which will, in turn, allow scientists to compare matter and antimatter.

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