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Colloquium – Jonathan Feng (UC Irvine)
Forward-Looking Physics at the LHC
Particle physics is at a critical juncture. All the particles of the Standard Model have been discovered, but no new ones have appeared, and there are still many outstanding questions. In recent years, it has become clear that the physics potential of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN has not been fully exploited. In particular, forward collisions, which produce particles along the beamline with enormous rates, are a treasure trove of physics, containing the highest-energy neutrinos ever produced by humans, possible evidence for dark matter, milli-charged particles, and new forces, and a wealth of other valuable information. This talk will describe FASER, an experiment that has just been constructed and will begin taking data in the forward region in a few months, as well as the Forward Physics Facility, a proposal to fully realize the potential of forward physics in the High Luminosity LHC era.
Host: Konstantin Matchev