What's Up at the 2015 Large Hadron Collider

Science for the Public Lecture Series
October 27, 2015 at the Robbins Library, Arlington MA

Tulika Bose, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Physics, Boston University. Dr. Bose is the trigger coordinator for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. This involves setting the data selection process for this project. In this lecture, she discusses what scientists there are looking for this time around.

After a two-year shutdown of the Large Hadron Collider in order to make the adjustments to double the collision energy, the 2015 run has begun. Physicists at CERN are looking at new data at an unprecedented collision energy: 13 TeV. The 2010 run got up to 7 TeV. The greatest excitement for that run was the confirmation of the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012. Now, scientists at CERN are anticipating the unexpected. Already, the LHC experiments have recorded 100 times more data than at approximately the same amount of time during the first run in 2010. It will take some time to sort through the data and apply the rigorous confirmation processes, but the scientists are pleased with the run so far.

In 2014 Dr. Bose explained the plans for 2015 Large Hadron Collider Great Expectations: The Large Hadron Collider in 2015

Tulika Bose, the Atom-Smasher

Dr. Bose’s 2010 interview on BBC for the 2010 startup at CERN

more about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider (including video)