Hayden Planetarium Programs
Frontiers Lecture: Gravitons, Exotic Higgs Bosons, or Nothing at All
February 6, 2017
In 2015, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) achieved a milestone, operating at the highest energy ever used by an accelerator experiment. Particle physicist James Beacham discusses what we’ve learned about gravitons, Higgs bosons, dark matter, and what’s next for the LHC.
As a member of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012, James Beacham is on the hunt for evidence of new particles—dark photons, gravitons, dark matter, and exotic Higgs bosons among them. Beacham completed his Ph.D. degree at New York University in 2014 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the ATLAS experiment group of The Ohio State University. He has been a guest on NPR's "Science Friday," participated in documentaries on the BBC and the Discovery Channel, and talked particle physics with The New York Times and WIRED magazine. In 2015, Beacham organized Ex/Noise/CERN, a project juxtaposing particle physics with experimental music to celebrate the LHC’s switch on to 13 trillion electron volts.
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Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.
More in this Series:
March 22, 2017 - May 3, 2017
Sold out - Amaze your friends and family as you take control of the Hayden Planetarium, and lead your own tour through the cosmos, using the Museum’s cutting-edge 3D map of universe.
March 23, 2017
Sold out - Join famed theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss for a journey through the unexpected fabric of reality, where fact is often stranger than fiction.
March 28, 2017
Emily Rice and Brian Levine break the laws of physics and travel back in time to the Big Bang to understand how it shaped our universe.
March 29, 2017
Sold out - Join host and moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson and his panel of experts for a lively discussion and debate about the merits and shortcomings of this provocative and revolutionary idea.
April 3, 2017
RESCHEDULED for Monday, April 3rd - Planetary scientist Amanda Hendrix and science writer Charles Wohlforth highlight the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that could become reality.
April 13, 2017
Explore the merits of sea vs. space across a range of judging categories with aquanaut Fabien Cousteau and astronauts Mike Massimino and Don Pettit.
April 21, 2017
Celebrate Earth Day in the planetarium dome! Carter Emmart guides you through the immersive story of our beautiful planet.
April 25, 2017
Irene Pease and Brian Abbott show you what the night sky looks like from other vantage points in the cosmos.
May 15, 2017
Geoscientist Tullis Onstott provides an insider’s look at pioneering fieldwork on Earth’s thriving subterranean biosphere—a place where scientists once thought life could not possibly exist.
May 23, 2017
Jackie Faherty and Ted Williams tour the universe exploring these unsolved mysteries and discuss how scientists seek to solve them.
May 30, 2017
As the Sun sets on May 30, it will be perfectly aligned with Manhattan's east-west numbered streets. Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty will be your guide to the history and astronomy behind this fascinating phenomenon in a special presentation at the Hayden Planetarium.