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What can astrophysicists learn from the LHC?

Carlos J. A. P. Martins

The LHC, which sees (saw) first beam on September 10, is the largest scientific  experiment ever built. I will describe its main science goals, focusing on the  impact that these may have on astrophysics and cosmology - including the  possible detections of supersymmetry, dark matter and the Higgs field. I will  also show that the claims of 'doomsday scenarios' (where the LHC production of  vacuum bubbles, magnetic monopoles, mini black holes or strangelets would  destroy the Earth) are nonsense, even allowing for the possibility of new  physics. Time permitting I will also comment on the recent controversy  surrounding the possible indirect detection of dark matter.

2008 September 17, 13:30

Centro de AstrofÝsica da Universidade do Porto (Auditorium)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto

Instituto de Astrof├şsica e Ci├¬ncias do Espa├žo Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Funda├ž├úo para a Ci├¬ncia e a Tecnologia
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