High Energy Physics Seminar: Dr. Sanjay Padhi, UCSD
Title: "The Nature of Our Universe at Short Distances”
Abstract: After decades of preparation, the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are taking the first steps toward resolving many long-standing puzzles about fundamental physics at the weak scale. There are several mysteries and paradoxes of universe at short distances. In particular, the large discrepancy of strengths between fundamental forces, such as why the weak force is 10^32 times stronger than gravity, unification of forces, the origin of dark matter, etc. are some of the most important questions of modern physics. With the observation of a Higgs boson at the LHC the search for new physics or symmetry to resolve some of these puzzles takes on renewed urgency. This talk will review the motivations, minimal structure and latest search results in the quest for new physics at the LHC and will describe how experiments in the near future could point to new physics suggesting a profound conceptual revolution that will change our view of the world.