Exploring the beginnings of our universe at the Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider located at the CERN laboratory in Geneva is the most complex scientific tool ever built by mankind. Experiments at the LHC are providing answers to important questions about the way our universe works now and about the nature of the universe shortly after the big bang. I will discuss the potential impact of the discovery of the Higgs Boson and future discoveries that may be made at the LHC on our understanding of the early universe. I will also discuss how the LHC is using nuclear collisions to briefly create matter in a novel state called “quark gluon plasma” that existed during the early universe until about 10 millionths of a second after the big bang.

 

BIO

Professor of Particle Physics, Columbia University

Brian Cole is a Columbia University Professor of Physics in the field of experimental high-energy nuclear physics. He performs research at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory and (more recently) the Large Hadron Collider at CERN studying collisions between nuclei at the highest possible energies to study “quark gluon plasma”, a unique state of matter that existed in the early universe until a few microseconds after the big bang.

 

6:30 PM @ e's bar

 

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