2012 - 2013

Cliff Burges: "The Discovery of the Higgs Boson - and New Directions in Physics"

When Oct 17, 2012
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where MDCL-1102
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Cliff Burges

Cliff Burges
McMaster University (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Origins Institute), Perimeter Institute

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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has now been running for several years (after a rocky start), but will shut down for major maintenance early next year. This talk reviews why the start was rocky and how this constrains the physics program over the next few years. It then briefly surveys two things: what is the evidence that this new boson is the Higgs boson; and why theoretical expectations are high for there being more to discover. I will close by telling you why I personally think observations in cosmology imply the LHC will strike paydirt and discover extra dimensions, making quantum gravity an experimental science.

Speaker background: Cliff Burgess, professor with McMaster University's Department of Physics & Astronomy and Associate Faculty at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin. He was a James McGill Professor at McGill University and a Killam Fellow, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and received the Canadian Association of Physicists/Centre de Recherches Mathematiques prize for theoretical physics in 2010.

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