In a tunnel 100 meters below the Franco-Swiss countryside, the world’s most powerful
particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, roared into action in 2010. Since then, this
collider has provided more than a thousand trillion proton-on-proton collisions facilitating
the most precise probes of the subatomic universe.
The Science & Engineering Library is pleased to announce the second in a series of lectures by faculty from the Physics Department, featuring Professor Vivek Sharma.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Science & Engineering Library, Events Room
The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Please register here.
Dr. Vivek Sharma, director (2010-11) of an international team for the CMS experiment, will
present a brief description of the Large Hadron Collider and the CMS and ATLAS detectors at
CERN, and then talk about the hunt for the elusive Higgs Boson, the quantum particle associated
with an all-pervading Higgs field hypothesized to explain the origin of mass in our universe.
Dr. Vivek Sharma’s research in experimental particle physics involves some of the world’s highest energy and intensity particle colliders. With the ALEPH detector he discovered two new subatomic particles, the BS meson and the Lambda-b baryon. His group at UCSD, working on the BaBar experiment, spearheaded the discovery of an asymmetry between matter and anti-matter in the decay of particles made of the bottom quark. His current research involves searching for new subatomic phenomena (including the Higgs boson) using the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Sharma is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He is the recipient of the Cottrell award, the Sloan fellowship and the UCSD Academic Senate award for distinguished teaching.