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Speaker: Professor Carlo Rubbia, ForMemRS, OMRI, OMCA, Nobel Laureate (Physics, 1984)
Particle accelerators are some of the largest and most expensive instruments used to bring a small fraction of matter to very high speeds, often very close to the speed of light. The first modern particle accelerator was built by Ernest Lawrence about eighty years ago. Today there are more than five thousand accelerators of all sizes world-wide and used in a huge variety of applications, for instance from the 27 km Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN for elementary particle physics all the way to the smallest table-top devices for a variety of industrial, medical and other applications. Even larger and more expensive accelerators are under active consideration in the future for use in many countries including in Europe and in America.
This year’s lecture will be given by Professor Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Laureate. In 1984 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Simon van der Meer "for their decisive contributions to the large project, which led to the discovery of the field particles W and Z, communicators of weak interaction". The work provides strong evidence that theoretical physicists are on the right track in their efforts to describe Nature at its most basic level through the so-called "Standard Model". His current works include the problem of energy supply for the future, with particular focus on the development of new technologies for renewable energy sources. Professor Rubbia is Life Member of the Senate of the Italian Republic. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana, OMRI) in 1984 and in the same year he was elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS). Professor Rubbia has received many prestigious awards and honorary degrees from over 25 universities and institutes around the world and has an eponymous asteroid.
6:30 Lecture and Q&A
8:00 Bowl Food Reception
9:00 Event Close
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6.30pm - 9.00pmWednesday 3rd May 2017