11:00 am, November 17, C101 Glaske, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX
Kenichi Hatakeyama, Baylor University, Waco, TX
"What Did We Learn from the Large Hadron Collider?"
Particle physics has entered a very exciting era. The world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), was constructed at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, and it produced the first proton collision in November 2009. Since then the LHC has been operating extremely well. What did we learn from the Large Hadron Collider so far? In this talk, I will discuss two major questions which physicists are seeking the answers for at the LHC. The Higgs boson is predicted to exist in the current theory of particle physics called the Standard Model; however, the Higgs boson has not been observed yet experimentally. I will discuss the recent achievements at the LHC on the Higgs boson searches, and future prospects. Dark matter is known to exist based on astronomical observation; however, we do not know particles consisting of it. I will present the current status of dark matter particle hunting at the LHC.