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REF NO.: 208

SUBJECT: Public lecture to discuss early results of Large Hadron Collider

DATE: May 26,2011

On Monday, June 13, the director general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will offer a free public lecture at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s.
The search of a Deeper Understanding of our Universe at the Large Hadron Collider: The World's Largest Particle Accelerator, will be presented by Dr. Rolf Heuer at 7:30 p.m.
CERN, located in Geneva Switzerland, is one of the largest centres for scientific research and holds some of the world’s most complex scientific instruments, including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Using the LHC, physicists are able to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang by colliding two beams of subatomic particles called “hadrons” at very high energy. In a number of experiments, teams of physicists from around the world have been analyzing particles that have been created in collisions and observed with special detectors.
Dr. Heuer is widely recognized for his leadership in the development of experimental techniques, and the construction and running of large subatomic particle detector systems. He will explain some of the reasons for the excitement surrounding the LHC, which is expected to yield insights into the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter and the existence of hidden dimensions. This talk will explain the first results from early experiments at the LHC.
This is a free public talk, however, tickets must be picked up at the Arts & Culture Centre box office.

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