The LHC and Beyond

John Gunion, UC Davis

Mon, 18th January 2010, 12:00 - IFAE Seminar Room
Abstract: It is widely hoped, and in fact expected, that data from the LHC will revolutionize our understanding of Particle Physics and at least partly answer many of the fundamental questions posed in the report "The Quantum Universe". Paraphrasing, these include: Are there undiscovered principles of nature: new symmetries, new physical laws? What is the nature/source of mass, dark matter and dark energy? Are there extra dimensions of space and time? Do all the forces become one? Why are there so many particles and what are neutrinos telling us? How can we understand the big bang, inflation and the dominance of matter over antimatter. I will discuss the means for probing some of these issues at the LHC and point to a few situations where a collider beyond the LHC might be needed, not just for increased precision, but to even get first answers.

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