SLAC Public Lectures Presents Noon Encore on Thursday

August 1, 2012

Emanuel Strauss, post-doctoral research associate in the ATLAS experiment’s trigger and data acquisition group, will deliver a special lunchtime lecture on Thursday in Panofsky Auditorium, starting at noon. The talk is an encore of the July 31 SLAC Public Lecture, "In the Shadow of the Higgs."

The presentation is inteded for a general audience and will provide context for the recent announcement of a new particle – which could be the Higgs boson – that has been found by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Feel free to bring your lunch.

“This has been an exciting summer for particle physicists, who have collectively spent the last 40 years hunting for the Higgs boson,” said Strauss, who joined SLAC as a research associate in 2009 after obtaining his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. “Has the Higgs particle finally been found? Or are we seeing perhaps just another particle not yet anticipated or something totally different?"

Strauss will also discuss what more could be learned from the additional data to be collected in the coming years. In his talk, Strauss will provide context for "the amazing interest which these questions have generated, and where we go from here.”

Since 2010, Strauss has been living in France, with a line-of-sight view of the complex where CERN smashes high-energy protons together. He is heavily involved in the operation of the trigger and data-acquisition system of the ATLAS experiment.