LHC – The biggest machine in the world

DI Dr. Thomas Bergauer, Head of the Semiconductor detector development Group, Institute of High Energy Physics, Austrian Academy of Sciences

happyAbstract:The Institute of High Energy Physics (HEPHY) is Austria’s largest center for experimental and theoretical particle physics. The lecture will give a brief introduction about the particle physics background introducing: What particles are all about? How to speed up these particles? What happens when the particles collide? What has all this to do with the Big Bang?. Furthermore, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, which attempts to provide answers to these questions, will be presented. The presentation includes also the explanation of several technical hurdles such as enormously high volumes of data that these experiments faces. The lecture concludes with some examples, which show that many techniques and methods that were originally developed for a basic research, are now an indispensable part of everyday life.