Nominations are sought for the 2017 Sambamurti Memorial Lecture at Brookhaven
National Laboratory. This is a prize lectureship established in memory of
a young high energy experimentalist working on rare kaon decays at the
BNL AGS, who died in 1992. It is to be awarded yearly to a young (under 40)
high energy or heavy ion experimentalist of outstanding achievement. The
lecture, which should describe the work for which the lecturer is being honored,
is to be delivered to students working at BNL during the summer. The 2016
prize is $500. Please send nominations to John Haggerty, Physics 510A,
BNL, Upton, NY 11973, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the past four decades humans have been searching for the seventeen named particles of the "Standard Model" of fundamental particles and interactions. The discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in 2012 was the final step of the search. However, there still remain a few famous problems with the Standard Model that strongly suggest it is not the final description of nature. Most notably for some, the Standard Model does not include the dark matter hypothesized to explain a number of astronomical observations. I will introduce the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments, discuss some of the problems with the Standard Model, and explain how we use our understanding of those problems to search for new particles and other new phenomena at the Large Hadron Collider.