The Particle Physics Christmas Lecture

Date: 
2 Dec 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
Physics Alumni and guests /Physics Staff & Students

The Particle Physics Christmas Lecture

We are delighted to host our second Particle Physics Christmas Lecture, and have Prof. Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee, FRS, as our guest speaker. He is an experimental particle physicist and Professor of Physics at Imperial College London. Read more about the speaker below.

Title: The Large Hadron Collider Project: Interwoven Complexity of a Scientific Project for Fundamental Discoveries

Abstract: The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is designed to probe Nature moments after the Big Bang to tackle the questions about the origin, evolution and composition of our universe. The discovery in July 2012 of the Higgs boson, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), though completing the particle content of the standard model (SM) of particle physics, a theory that describes our visible universe in exquisite detail, leaves many questions unanswered.

The physics that drove the designs of the LHC accelerator, and the experiments will be outlined. The Project comprises quite complex instruments using a wide range of engineering aspects, many pushed to the limits. This talk will try to tease out these varied aspects of the Project, from civil, mechanical, cryogenic, electronic/electrical, and software engineering, computing and data handling, instrumentation, to physics data analysis, that make this project one of the most complex scientific endeavours. All had to work in an efficient unison to enable the discovery of the Higgs boson. The discovery of the Higgs boson, its in-depth study and the search for new physics, current and in the future, will be discussed.

If you'd like to book a place, please click here. The password is 'ParticlePhysics_17'

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

As always, alumni and their guests attend for free. This event includes a buffet lunch and afternoon tea and cakes.
Current staff and students of the Department of Physics are welcome to attend. Please book here. The password is 'ParticlePhysics_17'

About the speaker: Tejinder "Jim” Virdee, a gifted speaker, is a physicist who has led on the design, construction and operation of experiments to improve our understanding of particle physics. In 1990, he was one of the founding fathers of the CMS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which in 2012 shared the credit for discovering the elusive Higgs boson. This discovery led to the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs for the prediction of the Higgs boson some 46 years earlier.

Tejinder’s role at CMS was key to developing new technologies within the detector to increase its reliability and accuracy, and he has in recent years acted as leader of the international collaboration (spokesperson 2006-2010), which includes nearly 4,000 researchers from 42 countries. He remains a strong advocate for the LHC and is recognised as a leader in the particle physics community.

Tejinder has won numerous awards for his contributions to particle physics, including the High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society and the IOP Chadwick Medal & Prize. Virdee was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012. In June 2014, he was made a Knight Bachelor for services to science.

Tejinder is regularly invited to give talks at major science conferences, and public talks about particle physics and the LHC project in diverse venues ranging from schools, science fairs, named lectures, and symposia. He has appeared and featured in numerous international press articles, radio and TV programs.

We look forward to seeing you in December!

Photo credit: The Royal Society/Wikipedia.