Pittsburgh, PA – November 5, 2012 - The Program Committee is pleased to announce that R. Michael Barnett will deliver the Pittcon 2013 Wallace H. Coulter Keynote Lecture, “How The Higgs Boson Saved Us From A Cold, Dark, Lifeless Universe.” The Keynote Lecture will be presented on Wednesday, March 20, at 5:00 p.m. during Pittcon 2013 which will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 17-21, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
R. Michael Barnett is a senior physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is head of the 190-member international Particle Data Group and has written many research papers on the physics that may be found at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. These papers include topics such as the Standard Model, including studies of the nature of Quantum Chromodynamics, analyses of neutral current couplings, calculations of the production of heavy quarks, and studies of the properties of supersymmetric particles and higgs bosons.
Barnett will address the collider and the experiments, the nature of the Higgs boson and comments, “While an extremely unusual particle has clearly been discovered, how do we know it is the Higgs boson we predicted? He adds, “It is important to remember that physicists are aiming to find far more than the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider, even extra dimensions of space.”
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