Science Under the Dome
Join us Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 7:00pm as Professor Rosi Reed, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State University, presents:
What the Large Hadron Collider tells us about how matter is glued together
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland made headlines everywhere with the discovery of the Higgs Boson, the so-called God particle. We also have used the LHC to study the strong force, which is what keeps the positively charged centers of atoms together. We do this by accelerating lead ions to roughly 99.99999% the speed of light and smashing them together to recreate for a brief instant the temperature and pressure that existed a mere 10-6 seconds after the Big Bang. I will discuss how this allows us to learn about the strong force and what it means for every day life. I will talk what life is like for an American physicist at the LHC and how this amazing machine came to be built.
The Wayne State Planetarium is dedicated to the promotion of science. We are proud to feature a series of free public lectures covering modern topics in science.