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Secret Science Club presents Particle Physicist Kyle Cranmer
Nov 23, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
Take a spin through the science at the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator with physicist Kyle Cranmer—from the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson (one of the fundamental particles that make up the Universe) to the ongoing search for dark matter. After a two-year break, the atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider is now back for Season 2—running at nearly double its previous energy, hurling 600 million protons together every second, and reaping juicy, cosmos-hacking data.
Just back from LHC headquarters in Geneva, Kyle Cranmer asks:
–What is the process that LHC researchers use to search for new particles and new physics?
–What exactly is the Higgs boson? How is it challenging our understanding of the Universe and fundamental laws of nature?
–What about dark matter—the invisible stuff calculated to make up 27 percent of the Universe?
–What are physicists looking for next? What mysteries remain?
Kyle Cranmer is a professor at NYU’s Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics and NYU’s Center for Data Science. He is part of the team at the Large Hadron Collider that first detected the Higgs boson—the subatomic particle thought to be responsible for the existence of mass in the Universe. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the National Science Foundation Career Award. His research was featured in the award-winning documentary Particle Fever, and he has been a featured scientist on StarTalk Live with Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Before & After
–Groove to high-energy tunes
–Stick around for the quantum Q&A
–Try our quarky cocktail of the night, the Atom Smasher