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Our modern understanding of the universe includes a creation event about 13.8 billion years ago and the identification of some ultimate building blocks, called quarks and leptons. Combined with the four known forces (gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces), we can explain the behavior of familiar matter over a vast range of scales from a trillionth of a second after the universe began to our present time, nearly 14 billion years later.
This course will cover all of these topics and more. Students will learn about: the modern theory of matter (called the Standard Model), both the prediction and the discovery of the Higgs boson, new theories that scientists are exploring right now, how particle accelerators and detectors work, dark matter and energy, and what particle physics teaches us about how the universe began. In short, the class is the study of nothing, everything and all the stuff in between.
Don Lincoln, PhD
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Module 1: The Standard Model
Module 2: The Higgs boson
Module 3: Current mysteries
Module 4: Accelerators and detectors
Module 5: Dark matter, dark energy and the cosmos
March 2 - 13, 2015
Interactive Lectures: Available before start date
Live Q&A Session Dates: March 3, 5, 9, 11, 13
Live Q&A Session Time: 1:00 - 1:30 PM, EST REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wed, February 25, 5:00 PM, EST
0.5 CEUs from IEEE
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