Big Bucks for Big Bosons: What’s the Point of the LHC?
November 26 @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pmFree
The Large Hadron Collider – or the LHC for short – is the world’s largest experiment. The LHC is essentially an atom smasher, smashing protons together 40 million times every second. In 2012, the LHC discovered the a new subatomic particle: the Higgs boson, which had been predicted by Edinburgh professor Peter Higgs almost 50 years before.
Professor Victoria Martin, one of Peter Higgs’ undergraduate students, is leader of the Higgs boson research team at the University of Edinburgh. She will discuss the LHC, the Higgs boson and what is the point of continuing to run the world’s largest and more expensive experiment for the next decade.
About the Speaker:
Victoria leads the Higgs boson research team at the University of Edinburgh and, along with 5,153 of her closest collaborators, discovered the long-searched for Higgs boson particle 6 years ago using data from world’s largest scientific experiment: the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. CERN is the European laboratory for particle physics, in Geneva, Switzerland. Victoria and her team are now investigating the details of how the Higgs boson behaves and planning for even bigger experiments at CERN!
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.