Bicentennial STARS: Take it to the Limit: Mammoth Machines and the Tiniest Particles

March 24, 2021

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With Lia Formenti, M.Sc. candidate under the supervision of Prof. Brigitte Vachon, Dept. of Physics, McGill University

You may have heard of CERN, home of the world’s largest particle collider, in the news. If not, you’ll learn about it here! Physicists around the world use the collider at CERN to smash together larger particles to unleash their innards. The sheer size of the collider is impressive: it’s the largest man-made machine ever built. Why on Earth do physicists need such a massive machine? This STARS presentation will cover how we study the smallest building blocks of matter using the collider and the famous ATLAS experiment (a mammoth in its own right). There will be an accessible introduction to particle physics, how we detect particles too small to see, and why we collide particles. We’ll lead up to talking about how Canada is helping to build the future of particle physics at the ATLAS experiment at CERN. At the end of the talk, you will hopefully know what the world around us is made of!


STARS (Scientists Talk About Research for Staff) is a series of special lunch-hour talks and visits to science related sites and institutes specifically for Faculty of Science support staff.

Bicentennial STARS for 2021

To honour McGill’s Bicentennial year, STARS is celebrating young McGill scientists with seven monthly lunch-hour presentations that will take you behind the scenes to never before seen labs and experimental research areas where graduate students will share all kinds of insights into their work and research efforts.

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