Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 4:00 pm — Berkner Hall Auditorium
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, is the world's largest particle accelerator, built to help answer many of the most fundamental questions in physics. One of its seven detectors is ATLAS, an enormous experiment built with significant contributions from BNL. ATLAS's main goal is to find a particle called Higgs, which may be the source of mass for all matter. Thousands of scientists and engineers from over 100 countries and hundreds of universities and laboratories work at the LHC. Among the countries becoming members of LHC experiments was South Africa, which joined the ALICE experiment in 2001. Then, during August 2010, in Stellenbosch, South Africa, the first African School of Physics held classes on fundamental physics and its applications. Students were selected from all over Africa and beyond. Although many were pursuing or had completed physics degrees, they lacked opportunities to gain specialized knowledge in subatomic physics. The school was funded by institutes in Africa, Europe, and the USA, and scientists from these areas were invited to lecture on proposed topics. Among these lecture topics was the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, and among the invited lecturers was Ketevi Assamagan, a physicist in BNL's Physics Department who works on ATLAS.
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