CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research

The LHC and the Higgs Boson: Communicating Science

Product of the ATLAS Collaboration
Students attending Researcher Night Masterclass at ATLAS
Students attending Researcher Night Masterclass at ATLAS

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To initiate discussion with developers at Pixar on the success of the LHC, as a tool for exploration and discovery, and to present its ability to interest and intrigue the public.

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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.

Talk given at Pixar to support discussions on science and communication.
Post date: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 — 18:34
Updated date: Tue, Apr 16, 2013 — 10:55

Learning Topics

Physics
Higgs Boson
Mass
New Physics
Particles
Standard Model
Accelerators
Detectors
International Collaboration
History
Process of Discovery
Broader Impacts
Education