Friday 10th October 2008

The Large Hadron Collider – what’s it all about?
Dr Joel Gilmore


The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) made headlines around the world recently when it fired the first beam of particles around its 27km circumference. But what will it do for science, and how does it work?

What actually is the much hyped Higgs boson, and how does it fit into the highly successful Standard Model of particle physics? And is there actually any risk of destroying our universe? (Hint: No, not really…)

Dr Joel Gilmore will give an overview of our understanding (or otherwise) of particle physics, and talk about the theory and experiments that ultimately lead to the construction of (arguably) the world’s most expensive experiment. Then after a virtual tour of the LHC’s inner workings, he’ll discuss some of the Big Questions that we hope will be answered – and how even if it finds nothing, that’s something!

Venue: Parnell Building, Lecture Theatre 222
Date: Friday 10 October 2008 at 4:00 pm (sharp)
RSVP: Lynelle Ross (

Refreshments will be provided after the talk.