SLAC public Lecture Series
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the giant particle accelerator at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, will restart operations in 2015, at higher energies and intensities than ever before. In its first run, the LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS discovered the long-sought Higgs boson. Now, researchers are gearing up to search for new and even more exotic phenomena. Many of the possibilities involve particles that decay to the bottom quark, a rare and unusual species of quark with a distinctive appearance in particle detectors. Identifying and measuring bottom quarks in LHC collisions requires extremely high-speed silicon pixel detectors. In this lecture, SLAC's Michael Kagan describes the cutting-edge technology used to image bottom quarks and its use in the search for new types of elementary particles that might appear at very high energies.