16th Annual Kaczmarczik Lecture Will Feature Dr. Tejinder S. Virdee

By The Department of Physics

April 8, 2011 — Kaczmarczik Lecture 2011The Department of Physics will host the 16th annual Kaczmarczik Lecture on April 27th, 2011 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Main Building Auditorium (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

Guest speaker Dr. Tejinder S. Virdee, professor of physics at Imperial College, will present “Exploring Nature Moments after the Big Bang: The LHC Accelerator and the CMS Experiment."

The LHC project, comprising the accelerator and the experiments, aims to tackle some of the most fundamental questions about the origin, evolution and composition of our universe. Potential discoveries include new forms of matter, new forces of nature, new dimensions of space and time. Particular questions to be addressed include: What is the origin of mass? What constitutes dark matter? Why is the universe composed of matter, not antimatter? The discoveries have the potential to alter our perception of how Nature operates at the fundamental level.

Virdee is one of the founding members of the Compact Muon Solenoid Collaboration (CMS) at CERN-LHC. He has played a major role in all phases of the experiment. He was the spokesperson (leader) of the CMS Collaboration for three years (2007-2009) and was the deputy spokesperson from 1993 to 2006. Virdee was awarded the 2009 James Chadwick Medal and Prize of the U. K. Institute of Physics for his crucial role in the design and construction of CMS, which comprises over 3500 scientists and engineers from over 180 institutions in 38 countries.

Virdee will briefly recall the physics of the LHC, outline some of the challenges faced during the construction of the accelerator and the CMS experiment, their operation and performance, the first physics results, and the outlook.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Sampson at, (215) 895-2708, or visit the event site.

About the Kaczmarczik Lecture

Paul Kaczmarczik began his career as a Professor of Physics at Drexel University in 1953. A key player in building the Physics and Atmospheric Science Department, he made important contributions to teaching at Drexel University during his many years of service. Well-liked by both his colleagues and his students, Professor Kaczmarczik became Professor Emeritus in 1989. The Kaczmarczik Lecture Series was established in 1995 in honor of Professor Kaczmarczik. It brings to Drexel outstanding scientists to present lectures on topics at the cutting edge of Physics research.


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