Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

The Odyssey: Physics at the TeV Scale

Manuella G. Vincter
Carleton University

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
3:40 PM @ Stirling A

Abstract:

The exploration of the fundamental components of matter has been the major task of particle physicists for the past 50 years. Although our knowledge has evolved over this time, the basic method to explore matter is still deeply rooted in Einstein's most famous equation relating energy to mass. High energy collisions provide the means to convert energy into new forms of matter not existing on this earth! The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, will study the structure of matter at the 0.0000000000000000001 meter scale by colliding protons at the highest energies ever produced in a laboratory (14 TeV)! Studies with the ATLAS detector will include detailed measurements of Standard Model parameters, searches for clues into the origin of mass, and perhaps revelations of new physics beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics. First data are expected in 2008. I will briefly discuss the ATLAS detector and explain some of the exciting physics which may be in store for ATLAS.