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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
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7th Meeting of the 193rd Session (2013-2014)
Please note that this is a change from the previously advertised programme.

After the Higgs boson: what's next for the Large Hadron Collider?

Dr Victoria Martin
School of Physics & Astronomy
University of Edinburgh

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 12th May 2014, at 7pm

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva is the largest scientific instrument ever built. It collides protons at extremely high energies in order to recreate the conditions that were present in the first billionth of a second after the big bang.

In 2012, by examining data from these collisions, physicists from the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN finally announced the discovery of the "God particle", better known to scientists as the Higgs boson, just 49 years after it was first predicted by University of Edinburgh physicist Peter Higgs.

Dr Martin will introduce the LHC, the Higgs boson and the ATLAS experiment and outline our progress into understanding the fundamental physics of the universe.

Dr Victoria Martin studied physics at the University of Edinburgh where she was lectured by Professor Peter Higgs, the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. She graduated in 1996 with BSc(Hons) in Mathematical Physics and in 2000 with a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics for which she worked with at Cern, the European laboratory for particle physics, in Geneva.

Victoria is now a Reader at the University of Edinburgh, teaching and researching in particle physics. Victoria and her team work as part of a huge international collaboration using the Atlas experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, where the Higgs particle was discovered in 2012. The current focus of Victoria's research is to better understand how the Higgs boson particle behaves.

Location of meeting

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served from about 6:40pm onwards before the meetings.

Members of the Public are welcome to attend

Dr Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
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