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SPS Public Lecture in Physics: The CERN Super Collider

November 06, 2014 5:00 PM - November 06, 2014 6:00 PM   |   Location: Moody Science Hall, Room 101

SPS Public Lecture in Physics: The CERN Super Collider

Dr. Christopher Rogan presents the SPS Public Lecture in Physics titled "The CERN Super Collider: Searching for new particles, forces and phenomena."

Get a glimpse into the subatomic world of the Large Hadron Collider, its experiments on the physics frontier and the answers it may hold to the universe unknown.

Abstract

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s most powerful probe of the experimental physics frontier and the largest scientific instrument ever built. On the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland at the CERN physics laboratory it has been used to collide protons at an unprecedented energy, allowing researchers to peer into the world of the smallest lengths scales currently accessible to mankind and unlock some of Nature’s previously hidden secrets. We view this world using particle detectors, the world’s largest and most complex cameras which take snapshots of high-energy proton collisions millions of times a per second, revealing a violent and beautiful place that resembles the universe moments after the big bang, very unlike the everyday world we are accustomed to yet integral to its existence.

This lecture will provide an introduction to this subatomic world, the particles that reside there and the forces that govern them. It will describe the LHC machine and the particle detectors located there, how they work and what scientists use them for. We will review the accomplishments of the LHC experiments so far: the confirmation of the Standard Model of particle physics at a new energy and length scale and the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Finally we will look forward into the unknown and discuss what other answers the LHC may be able to provide in the coming years, such as the identity of the Dark Matter that pervades the universe.

Following the lecture: Family Physics Night

Join the Society of Physics Students and TLU Department of Physics for live interactive physics experiments at Family Physics Night in the Jackson Park Student Activity Center 6:30 - 9 p.m.


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