Thursday, October 28, 2010
How to Build the World's Largest Microscope: Probing for New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
Emily Thompson (*) (^)
University of Massachusetts
Starting in the spring of 2010, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN became the world's most powerful particle accelerator. Located in a 27 km-long tunnel under Swiss-French border, the LHC is currently providing particle collisions with a center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV to four experiments: ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb. But what led up to the creation of the "9-billion dollar" machine? I'll discuss a 50 year history of experimental particle physics in the United States and Europe, what new physics we're looking for today, how to design a modern-day particle detector, trials and tribulations of getting the machine started (or "what makes graduate students suffer"), and the first results from the LHC, hot off the press.
(*) NSF ADVANCE Speaker
(^) Cal Poly Pomona Physics Dept. Alum
Refreshments at 11:00 AM. Seminar begins at 11:10 AM.
Building 8, Room 241
For further information, please call (909) 869-4014