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.
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