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50th Anniversary Signature Event

Subatomic Smash: The Quest for the Higgs Boson

April 9, 2013 | David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin building

Particle collision. Credit: ATLAS Experiment © 2012 CERN

Since the discovery of the electron more than one hundred years ago, the exploration of the subatomic world has had a profound impact on human knowledge. Physicists have recently found a new subatomic particle that is widely believed to be the hypothesized Higgs boson.

Dr. Lefebvre in front of Large Hadron Collider. Credit: Dr. Brigitte VachonDr. Michel Lefebvre took the audience on a journey inside the atom, into the realm of the fundamental building blocks of matter and the interactions between them. Dr. Lefebvre delved into experimental particle physics at the energy frontier with the Large Hadron Collider and the ATLAS detector, marvels of modern technology operating as the largest and most powerful microscope ever built.

UVic physicists are founding members of the ATLAS Collaboration, which built the equipment and collected the data used in the search for the Higgs boson. The recent discovery and further exploration of this particle will greatly expand our understanding of the Universe.

The event was also simultaneously webcast to an auditorium in an adjacent building.



Event video

View the video of Dr. Michel Levebvre's lecture.

Subatomic Smash video.



Event photos

See event highlights below

Emcee Gregor Craigie and Dr. Michel Lefebvre. Credit: UVic Photography Emcee Gregor Craigie welcomes the audience to Subatomic Smash: The Quest for the Higgs Boson. Credit: UVic Photography Professor Emeritus Alan Astbury during his overview of particle physics at UVic. Credit: UVic Photography Dr. Michel Lefebvre took the audience on a journey into the subatomic world. Credit: UVic Photography The audience during Subatomic Smash. Credit: UVic Photography Emcee Gregor Craigie and Dr. Michel Lefebvre during the question and answer period. Credit: UVic Photography The full auditorium applaud Dr. Michel Lefebvre for his lecture on the quest for the Higgs boson. Credit: UVic Photography Following the lecture, the audience were invited to browse physics and astronomy displays in the lobby. Credit: UVic Photography Physics and Astronomy displays in the lobby. Credit: UVic Photography A graduate student explains ARIEL. Credit: UVic Photography Lobby display on T2K experiment. Credit: UVic Photography Explaining how the ATLAS detector works. Credit: UVic Photography

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