January 21, 2011
University of Maryland
"The Large Hadron
Collider: Results from the Energy Frontier"
The Large Hadron Collider, a
proton-proton collider located in
Geneva, Switzerland, has finally commenced operation, thus opening
the first new laboratory-based energy
frontier since the commissioning of the Tevatron
in the mid-1980's. In this talk, I will discuss results
from proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of
7 TeV and from lead-ion collisions at 2.76 TeV per nuclear pair.
I will discuss the performance of the experiments, comparision
of data with expectations from production of the known standard
model particles, searches for new particles, and some new results
on soft interactions of particles via the strong force.