What's Happening at the Large Hadron Collider

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations Belmont Media Center Belmont, MA December 11, 2018

Markus Klute, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Klute provides an update of the work at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN), where he is a member of of the team involved in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. He discusses a recent CMS discovery of a possible new particle that awaits confirmation. In addition, Dr. Klute explains the complexity of the LHC -the challenges of both engineering and data collection– and the great importance of the investigation of the most fundamental level of the universe.

Professor Klute’s research interest is particle physics at the energy frontier, both in the design, construction and commissioning of particle detectors, and in the analysis of the data collected. In 2012 his group played a central role in the discovery of the Higgs boson using the CMS experiment at the LHC.

some background: Particle Hunter, MIT News, July, 2017