A Quantum Odyssey With the Large Hadron Collider

PHYS 248

One of the greatest scientific triumphs of the 21st century is our breakthrough in understanding the fundamental building blocks of matter and their interactions at the zepto scale. The 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson particle filled in the last missing pieces of this theory, known as the Standard Model.

This is not end of the journey, however. Scientists believe that invisible dark matter and dark energy make up 95 percent of the total energy and mass of the universe. These theories suggest frontiers of physics beyond the Standard Model.

Course Curriculum and Features

This course introduces you to cutting-edge quantum theory and how it explains some of the biggest puzzles in the universe. We’ll look at how state-of-the-art experiments with the Large Hadron Collider can be used as tools to examine these groundbreaking theories and hunt for evidence of dark matter. You’ll also learn about the latest research efforts of physicists at the UW to advance our understanding of quantum theory.

Designed For

Those interested in the different aspects of quantum theory. Knowledge of high school physics is recommended but not required.


Shih-Chieh Hsu
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Dates & Times

Aug 21–Sep 14, 2018

UW Seattle
9 a.m.–11:30 a.m.