2023 Spring Physics Colloquium Series; Prof. A. Safonov

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
3:35 pm - 5:00 pm
Baylor Sciences Building, Room E.231
2023 Spring Physics Colloquium Series

Prof Alexei N. Safonov
Professor of Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
Physics Discovery with Particle Colliders

Since the discovery of electron early in the 20th century, there has been a tremendous progress in understanding the structure of matter at the level of its most fundamental blocks and interactions that enable the existence of the world around us as we know it. Experimental studies using particle accelerators and later colliders have been instrumental in building and systematizing this knowledge in the Standard Model of Particle Physics. A succession of discoveries at particle accelerators have allowed to shed light on the evolution of the Universe since shortly after the Big Bang, origin of mass, properties of time and space, and vacuum stability. In this talk, we will walk over the history of particle discoveries, development of accelerator technologies, and experimental techniques that lead to the modern days’ energy frontier, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). We will review the highlights of the current and planned experimental measurements at the LHC focusing on the studies in the Higgs sector and their impact on and the role in the broader context of particle physics. In conclusion, we will touch on potential physics reach of future higher energy colliders and challenges on the road to achieving the next breakthrough in energy.

For more information contact: Dr. Kenichi Hatakeyama, (254) 710-2286