Knit your own Neutralino
I thought I’d give you a sneak preview of something soon to feature at the forthcoming Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. With input from particle physicists from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex, the inestimable Dorothy Lamb has designed a “Knit your own Neutralino” pack, which contains a knitting pattern and embellishments (wool not included), that can be used to construct a plushie representing the lightest neutralino, χ01, a candidate for the dark matter that pervades the Universe.
Here are some examples, as produced by Dorothy herself:
Here are some more elaborate variations, representing (I think) different types of chargino.
Whatever they are, they’re a lot of fun and in my opinion more than a little bit camp!
I think we should introduce knitting as part of the “transferable skills” element of our physics courses. If we did, Dorothy would definitely graduate with first class honours!Follow @telescoper