Physics Research Conference
We have just completed the first phase of a decades-long exploration at the frontier of high energies with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. As the intensity and energy of the LHC have continued to progress, Caltech physicists and students and their colleagues have broken new ground in our understanding of the origin of the masses of elementary particles, dark matter and the early universe. Using CMS and the LHC, two of the most complex instruments ever devised, and new methods developed at Caltech, we are:
• Homing in on the nature of the recently discovered Higgs boson like-particle
• Searching for Supersymmetry, and other exotic new particles, and
• Preparing to extend our explorations when the LHC resumes operation at higher energies starting in 2015
This lecture will present the latest results from the LHC, with a focus on the Higgs boson candidate, and give a perspective on the road ahead, towards the anticipated next round of discoveries.