Monday, May 5 2014 at 7:00PM
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72a Waterloo Street
Dr Chris White
What's the talk about?
Particle physics continues to excite public interest, due to various high profile discoveries in recent years. It also generates controversy, as ever larger experiments are needed to test present day theories. Nevertheless, particle physics (together with cosmology) aims to answer the most profound questions faced by humankind: what is the universe, where did it come from, and how will it end? In this talk, I will review our current best fundamental theory - the Standard Model of physics. This itself distils over a hundred years of research, culminating in the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. Then, I will describe how we know that the Standard Model must actually be wrong, and how some of these issues may or may not be resolved.
Dr Chris White works in the Particle Physics Theory group at the University of Glasgow, specialising in the theory of quarks and gluons, which underpins physics at the Large Hadron Collider. He has recently also worked on quantum gravity, and at how to apply mathematics from particle physics to other research areas, such as optics and computer science.