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Welcome to Professor Maxwell Chertok from the University of California, Davis, USA

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4 May 2023

Professor Chertok is a Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professor and will be in Bristol from the 1st May to 30th June.

Professor Chertok performs research in high energy particle physics, and participates in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Following a decades-long intensive search to uncover the mechanism responsible for electroweak symmetry breaking, the discovery of a Higgs boson was announced in 2012 by the CMS and ATLAS collaborations. This constitutes a major advancement for the field, but simultaneously raises profound questions about the nature of the universe.

Particle physics searches for, uncovers, and scrutinizes the fundamental building blocks of matter to better understand our universe.  After more than a century of many astonishing advances, the field reached new heights with the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  This “uncovering” of a brand-new type of fundamental particle and interaction of nature was achieved due to the dedicated work of thousands of experimental particle physicists searching in many different experiments over approximately 50 years.  Both the University of Bristol and the University of California, Davis groups had a hand in this monumental discovery.   

During his visit Professor Chertok will be working with his host Professor Joel Goldstein's team in the School of Physics to collaborate on advanced analysis topics for the LHC’s CMS experiment

You can read more about this and the lectures he will be delivering as part of his visit on Professor Chertok's web profile page here.

Further information

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