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Physics of the Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland has just turned on, and promises to revolutionize humanity's understanding of the universe. Maybe you've heard about the Higgs Boson, Dark Matter, Supersymmetry, and more-- what are all of these concepts, and how will we be able to see them at the machine? We will start with the basics of colliders and detectors, discuss the particles that may one be discovered, and even look at real data from the ATLAS experiment. If you've been keeping up with the latest news or if you've never heard of the LHC before, you'll come out of this class understanding what scientists are looking for and how they do it at the world's largest experiment.

This class is taught by Maximilian Swiatlowski, who is a PhD student in the Physics department at Stanford University. His interests include particle physics, particle detectors, dark matter, ultimate frisbee, swing dancing and indie rock.