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May 19, 2023: Heather Russell: High Energy Physics and Data Science

May 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

May 19, 2023: Heather Russell: High Energy Physics and Data Science. 10:30am-11:30am. ECS 660. 

Title: Data analysis at the LHC

Abstract: Over ten thousand scientists are currently studying hundreds of petabytes of data collected at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. On top of that, the LHC is colliding protons inside our detectors at a rate of nearly 40 million collisions per second, adding more and more data to the mix. I’ll walk through the steps that CERN, the institutes involved, and individual scientists take in order to extract the groundbreaking results such as the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson.

Bio: Dr. Heather Russell is an experimental particle physicist and active member of both the ATLAS and MATHUSLA collaborations at CERN. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2016 and held postdoctoral fellowships at McGill University and CERN before starting as an Assistant Professor at UVic in 2021. Her research focuses on measurements of rare electroweak processes, including the recent first observation of a W boson in association with two photons. She is currently the coordinator of the ATLAS Analysis Model Group, where she is responsible for the software used for data analysis that enables the nearly 100 papers analysing data collected by the ATLAS experiment that ATLAS publishes each year.



May 19
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


ECS 660
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