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 Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (Auditorium)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto