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Institute Lecture on 'The Future of Elementary Particle Physics'

Title: The future of Elementary Particle Physics

Speaker: Dr. Tiziano Camporesi

Senior Physicist, CERN, Geneva,


Date: February 10, 2017


Research done at particle accelerators over the last 70 years have given us a rather complete picture on the fundamental constituents of Nature and the forces which act on them. In this lecture he discussed not only what we understand today, especially after the discovery of the Higgs Boson, the so called God particle, but mostly what are the fundamental questions which still need to be addressed and whether Particle accelerator based research is still the way to address them. It took nearly the better part of the 20th century to develop the technology required to produce the Higgs particle at the highest energy collisions ever achieved in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Now that the technology exists, a whole slew of new studies and discoveries in elementary particle physics has become possible. The talk discussed the interplay between engineering developments and applied technologies that makes much of modern fundamental particle physics possible.

About the Speaker:  

Dr. Tiziano Camporesi served as the CMS Deputy Spokesperson from the start of 2012 to the end of 2013. He previously served as the Head of the DELPHI experiment at CERN’s Large Electron Positron collider from 2000 to 2001. Dr. Camporesi says he has always been fascinated by physics, but he did not consider pursuing a career in high-energy physics until he participated in CERN’s summer student program in 1980. “Working at CERN as a summer student really changed my life,” he says. “It was my first time outside of Italy, and I became really  excited about this lab and the environment.” After his summer at CERN, he switched his PhD thesis from theoretical to experimental physics and, one year later, graduated from the University of Bologna with a new direction in mind. During his 34 years in the field, Dr. Camporesi has worked on several experiments both in Europe and the United States. In 1986, he returned to CERN as a research physicist and became a permanent staff member three years later. Dr Camporesi has spent the last 13 years focused exclusively on CMS.