The Large Hadron Collider: The Big Bang Machine

Albert De Roeck


Sala P2, IST, Edifício Matemática
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at 11:00 AM


The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, which will start its operation end of 2009, is one of the largest and most complex scientific instruments ever built by mankind. The LHC will produce head-on collisions of protons from the two beams that circulate in opposite directions with each an energy of the protons of 3.5 TeV initially and 5 TeV later in 2010. In these collisions energy is converted into matter and we expect to produce and see for the first time new heavy particles which have lived only very shortly after the Big Bang. This presentation will discuss the status of the LHC and its main experiments, its schedule of expected operation in the near future, and in its physics program. The huge experimental challenges will be presented and a several highlights of the physics program will be discussed in more detail. These include the search for the Higgs particle, and in particular the search for new phenomena beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, which includes Supersymmetry, Extra Space Dimensions and the possible production of more Exotic new particles. The findings at the LHC experiment may well create a revolution in our understanding of the elementary building blocks of matter and the forces that rule them.

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