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The Large Hadron Collider at CERN : Exploring the frontiers of our universe (Part 1 of 2)

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Steven Goldfarb

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Inform the general public of the importance and necessity of fundamental research, describe the LHC, its experiments, collaborations, and recent achievements.

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Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places.  Surrounding these points are enormous, highly complex particle detectors, each bearing millions of electronic channels, and designed to reconstruct the remnants of the collisions.
The talk describes the LHC, the detectors, the collaborations that built and run them, and the motivation - in fact, necessity - for their existence.  Recent physics results, including the world's first glimpse of the Higgs Boson, are presented in the context of addressing our fundamental questions of the universe.
This talk is meant for the general public.
 

This is Part 1 of a 2-part talk on the LHC and the Discover of the Higgs Boson
Post date: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 — 09:41
Updated date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 — 04:59

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Physics