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Date: 11th October 2018

Speaker: Professor Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee

Time: 18.15

Place: The Drawing Room, NCH

 

On Thursday 11th October, we had the pleasure of hosting a talk by the distinguished physicist Professor Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee, FRS. Professor Virdee is one of the chief scientists on the Compact Muon Solenoid Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

At the LHC at CERN, Geneva we can probe our Universe moments after the Big Bang to tackle the questions about its origin, evolution and composition. These include: What is the origin of mass? What constitutes dark matter? How many dimensions of space and time do we live in? Why is the universe composed of matter and not antimatter? The answers have the potential of altering our perception of how Nature operates at the fundamental level.

The discovery in July 2012 of the Higgs boson at the LHC, one of the most important of this new century, completes the particle content of the standard model of particle physics, a theory that describes our visible universe in exquisite detail, though known to be a low energy manifestation of a more complete theory.

This talk briefly looked into the long journey to the discovery of the Higgs boson. The CMS experiment at the LHC was used as an example to briefly recall the physics aims, outline some of the scientific, technological, engineering and social challenges faced during its construction. The talk also touched upon the societal impact of fundamental scientific research, CERN and the LHC.

We’d like to thank Professor Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee for giving such an interesting talk.

This talk was compulsory for those taking Science Literacy, but all students were welcome.