LHC Discovery Science

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The LHC: At the Energy Frontier

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CERN's Large Hadron Collider will open new vistas on the deepest secrets of the universe, stretching the imagination with newly discovered forms of matter, forces of nature and dimensions of space.

The Standard Model is the current framework for our understanding of matter. LHC and its experiments are designed to address fundamental questions not explained by the Standard Model.

Basic research is a journey, not an event. Following along as physicists close in on new physics requires knowledge of LHC physics, accelerator and detector design, and how data inform claims and reasoning.

What is dark matter? What happened to antimatter? Is Higgs the mechanism responsible for mass? Are there extra dimensions of spacetime? These resources provide background information for the next discoveries.

The Standard Model is the current framework for our understanding of matter.

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The Standard Model explains much but leaves many unanswered questions.

  • Higgs Reception - Classroom simulation of the Higgs cartoon
  • Run II Website - Run II data analysis of W and Z as precursor to the search for Higgs
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Physicists built the LHC and its detectors to address some of these unanswered questions.

Accelerator Activities Detector Activities Additional Resources

Particle physics research relies on indirect evidence to support claims.

Scientists check for statistical uncertainties and systematic uncertainties and whether other experiments are able to verify new discoveries.
Activities Additional Resources

Track the "journey" as physicists approach new physics.

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