CERN Accelerating science

Public lecture: "The Long Road to the LHC"

Public lecture: "The Long Road to the LHC" by Prof. Lyn Evans, Dr Daniel Treille and Prof. Peter Jenni.

Lecture by Lyn Evans

The key to the discovery of the Higgs boson has been the development of particle accelerators at CERN through the years.
I will explain how a particle accelerator works and will follow the path from the construction of the Proton Synchrotron in the 1950s to the world’s most powerful colliding beam machine, the Large Hadron Collider.

Lecture "Some aspects of physics at CERN (and elsewhere), from the early days to the LHC era.” by Daniel Treille.

I will use stories of various physics breakthroughs to illustrate the major phases of CERN’s activities and results, from the early days to the LHC era, putting them into the general context of global particle physics.

Lecture “The long experimental journey of the Higgs discovery at the LHC” by Peter Jenni

Since 2010, the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have been investigating particle physics at the highest collision energies ever achieved in a laboratory. Following a rich harvest of results for Standard Model physics, the first spectacular discovery by the ATLAS and CMS experiments came in 2012 when they observed a new, heavy particle that was almost certainly the long-awaited Higgs boson.

Building up the experimental programme and developing the very sophisticated detectors built and operated by world-wide collaborations represented an incredible scientific and human adventure spanning three decades, and this is only the beginning of a fantastic journey into unchartered physics with the LHC. 

The lecture will be webcast for the general public here.