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The LHC and the Higgs Boson: Nature 96 - Science 4 (but it's early in the game)

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Hangout with CERN (Wednesdays at 17:00 CET)

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To present the goals and recent discoveries of the ATLAS and CMS experiments on the LHC at CERN, and to open discussion with communication experts on how this information is being discussed with the public. This presentation was given at ESPN headquarters in Bristol CT, USA.

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Buried 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 high energies and then collides them in four different underground halls. Inside these halls 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 for their existence. It also presents some of the more recent accomplishments, such as the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and then discusses the resonance that such basic research can strike with the public, arguably due to its recognition as a fundamental component of our existence. The talk concludes by describing methods currently employed to exploit this opportunity to inform and educate the public in an interactive manner.

Post date: Tue, Apr 16, 2013 — 15:40
Updated date: Tue, Apr 16, 2013 — 17:48

Learning Topics

Physics
Cosmology
Dark Energy
Dark Matter
Extra / Multi Dimensions
Forces
Higgs Boson
Mass
Matter / Antimatter
Micro Black Holes
Neutrinos
New Physics
Particles
Quark Gluon Plasma
Standard Model
SUSY
Symmetry
Technology
Accelerators
Calorimetry
Civil Engineering / Construction
Computing Grid
Detectors
Information Technology
Magnets
Particle Identification
Tracking
International Collaboration
History
Life as a Physicist
Process of Discovery
Working with Industry
Broader Impacts
Cancer Treatment
Culture
Education
Medical Applications
Medical Screening
Technology Transfer
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