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Brian Cole
Brian Cole
Professor of Particle Physics, Columbia University
Primordial Matter: Recreating the Big (Little) Bang in the Laboratory
Primordial Matter: Recreating the Big (Little) Bang in the Laboratory
How did we get from the Big Bang to the present? In the past decade, physicists have made strides in understanding the evolution of our universe from that moment to where we are today. In the lab, we've created matter in a form that existed a hundred thousandths of a second after the Big Bang, when the universe was at a temperature of a billion billion Kelvin (pretty hot, to say the least). In his lecture, Professor Cole will discuss this “primordial” matter, that is created and then studied in nuclear collisions at particle colliders on Long Island and in Switzerland. He will look into what these experiments tell us about the properties of primordial matter, and how the nuclear collisions in many ways mirror the evolution of our own universe.
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Bio
Brian Cole has spent his entire career studying matter at extreme densities and temperatures. He spent two decades working at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island where the first breakthrough in creating primordial matter took place in the early 2000s. In the last three years, one of his leading accomplishments has been leading an international effort to study nuclear collisions within the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, a project complementary to the particle physics program which led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson.