Physics Lecture Hall
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:45 pm
Tea and cookies @ 4:30 pm

David Shih (Rutgers):

Supersymmetry and the LHC

The LHC discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 was a stunning success for the Standard Model of particle physics. However, at the same time, the discovery of the Higgs also reinforced the urgency of the "hierarchy problem" -- how did the Higgs (and the rest of the Standard Model) end up so much lighter than the Planck scale? In this talk, I will give a non-technical overview of supersymmetry, one of the most popular and promising solutions to the hierarchy problem. I will describe the basic framework of supersymmetry, its major successes and predictions, and the current status of searches for it at the LHC.