Oct. 25

Finding the Higgs Particle: Sweet Dream or Nightmare?

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Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
Melissa Franklin, professor of physics, Harvard University


This lecture will focus on how the Higgs boson was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider and why scientists were looking for it for so long. Professor Franklin will include a description of how both the accelerator and the detector work and also discuss.
what happens next and how it affects the physicists working in particle physics and the rest of the world.
Melissa Franklin is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University and chair of that department. She is an experimental particle physicist who studies proton-proton collisions produced by the Large Hadron Collider. Franklin has worked on the Collider Detector at Fermilab since 1983. She also is a collaborator on the ATLAS experiment, where she works with more than 3,000 physicists.  She is presently studying the properties of the Higgs boson. Born and raised in Canada, Franklin received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Toronto and her doctorate from Stanford University. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard before joining the Harvard faculty in 1989.

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