"Searching for New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider"

Dr. Amir Farbin
UT Arlington, Dept of Physics

Our quest to understand the beginning of the Universe lead us to study nature at both the largest scales, typically with telescopes, and at the smallest scales, typically with particle accelerators. Having understood nature's building blocks and forces down to about 10-18 meters, we can successfully extrapolate the evolution of the Universe from about 10-25 seconds after beginning of time until now. Yet we know very little about the dark-matter and dark-energy that fills the majority of the Universe and cannot reconcile the weakness of the gravitational force with the relative strength of the other known forces. Miraculously both Cosmological and Particle Physics arguments point to roughly 1 TeV of energy/mass where new particles make up the dark-matter and new forces resolve the problem of gravity's relative weakness. Barely a year after the start of the Large Hadron Collider's probing of TeV energy frontier, this new particle collider and the detectors that record it’s collisions are now rapidly recording snapshots of conditions that have rarely existed since the beginning of time. I'll describe how physicists look for new particles and forces in these snapshots.