Advanced Topics in Particle Physics

Probing the High Energy Frontier at the LHC

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INF 227 / HS2
Mondays, 14:00–16:00 c.t.
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Ulrich Husemann, Kirchhoff-Institut & DESY
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Klaus Reygers, Physikalisches Institut
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Ulrich Uwer, Physikalisches Institut
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Scope In this lecture, an overview of the physics potential of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN will be given. The lecture is intended for students who have already attended introductory lectures on particle physics such as "Introduction to the Standard Model" or "Experimental Particle Physics." The course is part of the program of the "Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics". It is recommended for diploma and doctoral students in experimental/theoretical particle physics.

After the (re-)start scheduled for late November 2009 the LHC will collide protons at unprecedented energies and will push the high energy frontier in particle physics. With the two multi-purpose experiments ATLAS and CMS we will be able to directly probe physics phenomena at energy scales up to a few TeV, including the search for the elusive Higgs boson, candidates for dark matter, extra dimensions of space and more. At the same time, the LHCb experiment will perform indirect searches for new phenomena at even higher energy scales through precision studies of very rare B meson decays. In collisions of lead ions in the LHC matter can be studied under extreme conditions with the ALICE experiment.