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Physicists to lecture on new instrument, March 22

Two professors of physics will offer a free public lecture on the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest scientific instrument, at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in A02 McDonnell Hall.

Princeton experimentalist Chris Tully and Harvard theorist Nima Arkani-Hamed will speak on "A Journey of 333 Elephants to the Origin of Mass: Frontier Exploration in Fundamental Physics (the Large Hadron Collider)."

Both physicists are working on projects that involve the Large Hadron Collider, which is on the verge of completion near Geneva, Switzerland. The device is located 15 stories underground in a tunnel measuring 16 miles in circumference. Scheduled for activation late this year, the accelerator and its detectors will be capable of probing distances billions of times smaller than the most advanced optical microscopes.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Physics.

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