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Smash, Bang, Boom: Fundamental Physics at the LHC



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Abstract

The world's most ambitious scientific experiment is buried 100 meters underground, straddling Switzerland and France. A billion times every minute, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) slams together protons, while four giant detectors watch closely.

- So how does the Large Hadron Collider work?
- Why can slamming tiny particles into each other provide clues about the nature of all space and time?
- What mysteries are physicists trying to solve with data from the LHC?
- How does the cutting edge of particle physics relate to the world around us, from the patterns of stars in the sky to the fact that they shine at all?

Natalia Toro, PI Faculty, works at the intersection of theories and hard data. She will explain how complex collision data from the LHC is being digested and examined right now, and how it may set the course for the science of the future.