2011 Heilborn Lectures

"The Three Frontiers of Particle Physics"

May 11 & 12, 2011

Northwestern University

In the 21st century, the physics of elementary particles is explored on three experimental fronts: 1) in high-energy collider experiments, where new particles and interactions might be observed directly, 2) in low-energy experiments searching for forbidden or extremely rare processes, and 3) in the exceedingly precise measurement of very low energy or static properties of known light particles. Although experiments performed at these three frontiers may appear to have no relation to each other, a theoretical view reveals an underlying unity to these investigations that promises to teach us profound truths about nature at its most fundamental level.

Through the generous support of George Heilborn, a graduate of the physics program at Northwestern University, the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy have invited three distinguished physicists to present the status of experimental work at these three frontiers, and a world-renowned theorist to explain the particle physics principles that bridge them.

Dr. Yannis Semertzidis, of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), will present the latest results and plans for future experiments on the Precision Frontier, where extremely precise measurements are made.

Dr. Laurence Littenberg, also of BNL, will present the latest results and plans for future experiments on the Intensity Frontier, where rare processes are studied.

Prof. Paris Sphicas, of CERN and the University of Athens, will present the latest results from the High-Energy Frontier, led dramatically by the start of the Large Hadron Collider Program.

Prof. John Ellis, of CERN and King’s College London, will show how research at the three frontiers of particle physics together illuminate the field, and will explain the Theoretical Connections that bind the results of these experiments.

Lectures will be videotaped and posted prior to the event.