12 July 2012
Venue: Fisher & Paykel Auditorium Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, The University of Auckland
Public lecture by Professor Mark Kruse, Department of Physics, Duke University, North Carolina, USA
One of the most sophisticated and expensive experiments ever carried out by the human race is underway in Switzerland. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are colliding subatomic particles with enormous energies to discover new properties of matter, to explore what the universe was like less than a trillionth of a second after it formed fourteen billion years ago, and to understand how the laws of nature have influenced the structure and evolution of the entire universe.
This talk will explain in a nontechnical way why the LHC is so exciting scientifically, its broader impacts to society, and what we might expect in the coming years.
Professor Kruse graduated with an MSc in Physics from The University of Auckland in 1988 before going on to complete his PhD in Physics at Purdue University in the United States. Kruse is now a renowned scientist in the field of high-energy particle physics and a professor at Duke University. He conducts his research on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC.
All are welcome to this public lecture.