Assistant professor Benjamin Brau will discuss “Searching for New Phenomena at the LHC” at a Physics Department colloquium on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in 124 Hasbrouck Laboratory.
Over the course of the past half-century or so, the so-called standard model of particle physics has emerged. This theory makes many precise predictions, almost all of which have been experimentally confirmed, culminating last year in the discovery of the final particle predicted by this model, the Higgs Boson. Yet there are many questions that remain unanswered, says Brau. One major unresolved question has to do with the nature of the Dark Matter that makes up approximately 80 percent of the total matter in the universe.
In his talk, Brau will review some of the motivations for building the Large Hadron Collider in addition to finding the Higgs, briefly discuss the collider and the ATLAS detector, and will describe several searches for new phenomena that may provide insight in to the nature of Dark Matter.
Refreshments at 3:45 p.m.