Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The November Coffee Talk Colloquium will be held this Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 7:00 PM in Herzberg 2445. Dr. Heather Logan will be presenting on the Mystery of Mass. Abstract below
Even after decades of glorious experiments in particle physics, we still don't know why particles have mass. Our best guess is the Higgs mechanism - the single part of the standard model yet to be experimentally tested. I'll try to explain the problem with mass in the Standard Model and the Higgs solution, using ideas from undergraduate electromagnetism and classical mechanics. I'll also describe how we hope to test the Higgs mechanism uning data from the experiments starting now at the Larfe Hadron Collider.
Coffee and snacks will be available, so bring a mug!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Herzberg Lecture - Tuesday!

When: Tuesday, November 4th, 7:30pm
Where: 2000 Bell Theatre, Minto Centre, Carleton

The Large Hadron Collider: Shedding light on the Dark Universe

Rolf-Dieter Heuer has been designated as the next Director General of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

He has contributed to the study of electron positron interactions, the development of experimental techniques, and the construction of large detector systems.

Despite great success, many key questions in particle physics and cosmology are unanswered. In particular, some 95% of the Universe consists of unknown dark matter and dark energy. Particle physics is about to enter the Terascale, providing a deeper understanding of the Universe and possibly dramatically changing our view of the world. With the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN this year, we expect revolutionary results explaining the origin of matter, unraveling the nature of dark matter and providing glimpses of extra spatial dimensions or grand unification of forces and hints on dark energy.

Professor Heuer is instrumental in shaping the European and international program in energy frontier physics. In this lecture, he will take a look into the future of particle physics.

This lecture is sponsored by the Faculty of Science and is free and open to the public.


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