Atomic Physics Seminars

SPECIAL COLLOQUIUM
Monday, April 3, 2000
3:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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"Why Bother with Particle Physics?"


Paul Padley , Rice University
[Host: Brad Cox]
ABSTRACT:
As physicists we should continually ask ourselves what we think the most compelling questions to be resolved are. In particle physics we have the "Standard Model" which explains all confirmed experimental results. So, should we even continue to pursue this line of research? This talk will show that there are very important questions that need to be addressed, that in fact the Standard Model is far from complete. Furthermore these questions must be addressed through experiment. I will argue that a program of Hadron Collider physics (in particular the LHC) has the best chance of moving us past the Standard Model. I will also show examples of the many technological challenges that we face in computing and engineering that make the practice of experimental particle physics truly interdisciplinary.

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