Colloquium: Thomas LeCompte
What Happens When You Build The World’s Largest Microscope and Point It At…Nothing?
Thomas LeCompteArgonne National Lab
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, is the world's largest and most energetic particle collider. It began operating in 2009, and since that point approximately 2000 papers have been published based on this data. I will attempt to put this in context and will discuss the relvant ideas and themes and whether the LHC data supports or refutes them. I will pay particular attention to what the LHC is telling us about the non-trivial nature of the vacuum and some of its more interesting features.