Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Events

Event Information:

  • Tue
    26
    Apr
    2016

    Oxford Science Cafe

    6:00 pmLuca Bakery and Cafe, 1120-1122 North Lamar Blvd Oxford, Mississippi

    Breese Quinn
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Mississippi

    Particle Physics: The Sledgehammer and the Tweezer

    Particle physics is the field of research that seeks to discover and understand the most fundamental building blocks of the universe, and how they interact to form everything around us. One way to do this type of research is using the biggest machines in the world to smash particles together as hard as possible, and see what new comes out. We will take a look at the discovery of the Higgs Boson to examine this sledgehammer approach. Another method is using very sensitive tools to make high precision measurements of extremely rare processes. An introduction to the new Muon g-2 experiment will demonstrate this tweezer approach. We will discuss Ole Missʼ role in both of these efforts, as well as why it all matters.