Friday, April 8, 2005
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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"Production of Microscopic Black Holes by Cosmic Rays"

Al Shapere , University of Kentucky
[Host: Paul Fendley]
Cosmic ray events may create black holes if extra dimensions exist and are sufficiently large. In particular, neutrino cosmic rays may produce black holes deep in the atmosphere, initiating characteristic quasi-horizontal showers far above the standard model rate. The fact that no such showers have been observed to date places an upper bound on the size of these extra dimensions. Continued nonobservation of such events over the next few years would improve these bounds significantly, and sharply limit the rate of black hole production at LHC. On the other hand, if black hole mediated showers are observed in the next few years, they could provide the first experimental evidence for extra dimensions, string theory, and the formation and decay of microscopic black holes.

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