Discovering New Particles
Sally C. Seidel
Professor of Physics, University of New Mexico
Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer
14 Mar 2018, 7:30 pm
Smith Memorial Union 294, Portland State University
The lecture is free and open to the public.

Discovering new particles involves teams of thousands of people, from dozens of nations, working together to build experimental facilities so large that if they weren't buried deep underground, they would be visible from space.  The detectors typically have tens of millions of components specially designed and built for this purpose alone. Why is all of this effort worthwhile?  This talk will explain how each new particle has the potential to unlock the answer to a fundamental question about the nature of the universe.

Dr. Seidel is the faculty member of the University of New Mexico's Collider Physics Group. Their primary goal is an improved understanding of heavy quark bound states. These studies increase the understanding of the strong force, one of the four fundamental forces of nature. They may also contribute to the discovery of physics beyond the Standard Model. This work requires that they collect and analyze data at the Large Hadron Collider and other experimental facilities. It also requires them to design, construct, and test state-of-the-art particle tracking detectors, interconnects, and electronics. The instrumentation may ultimately be incorporated into medical imaging or security verification systems that would benefit the greater society. Dr. Seidel earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Seidel also presents a PSU Physics Department seminar, A New State of Beauty and Charm, on 14 March 2018, at 3:15 pm, in Science Building 1, Room 107, Portland State University.