UConn Physics Colloquium

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Exploring TeV-Scale Physics with the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider

Stephane Willocq
Professor of Physics
UMass, Amherst

In this talk, I will review the state of elementary particle physics and outline the vast experimental program soon to be explored at the Large Hadron Collider. Starting in 2008, this new collider will deliver proton–proton collisions at energies an order of magnitude higher than previously attained and thus will enable the exploration of fundamental physics at the TeV energy scale. The high energy and luminosity of the collider will allow experimentalists to address several outstanding puzzles, for example, the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter, the existence of new space-time symmetries and extra dimensions. The ATLAS experiment is one of two general purpose detectors being constructed to explore this new frontier. The main features and challenges of this experiment will be discussed.

Friday, April 6, 2007
4:00 pm
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P38

(We will meet for refreshments prior to the talk at 3:30 p.m., in the Gant Science Complex, Physics Library, Room P-103.)

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