University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursday, February 4th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Eva Halkiadakis, Rutgers University
Subject: Exploring the Energy Frontier at the Large Hadron Collider
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. The start of the proton collider program at the LHC brought the dawn of the exploration of a new energy frontier. The LHC has had a successful and highly productive Run 1 (2010-2012), colliding protons with a center-of-mass energy up to 8 TeV, and in 2012 the observation of a new Higgs-like boson was announced to the world by the CMS and ATLAS collaborations. The year 2015 marked the beginning of Run 2 of the LHC and we entered a new era of even higher proton collisions at 13 TeV. The LHC experiments have an extensive program of searches for physics beyond the Standard Model, exploring uncharted territory at the energy frontier. I will present the status of the LHC and the first experimental results using the latest 13 TeV data in Run 2, with a special focus on the CMS experiment.

Faculty Host: Jeremiah Mans

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