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Announcing the 2013 Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lectures

The Department of Physics at Stanford University is delighted to announce the 2013 Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lectures, given byDr. Fabiola Gianotti of CERN.  Dr. Gianotti received a PhD in sub-nuclear Physics from the University of Milano (Italy) in 1989.  She is a Senior Research Physicist at CERN and  has been the coordinator (spokesperson) of the ATLAS experiment over the period March 2009-February 2013.   ATLAS is one of the four big experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, involving 3000 scientists from 38 countries.  In 2011, Dr. Gianotti was included by The Guardian newspaper in the “Top 100 most inspirational women” and in 2012 she was a finalist for the Time Magazine Person of the Year, and was featured on one of the covers.  This past December, Gianotti was awarded both the coveted 2012 Special Fundamental Physics Prize from the Milner Foundation and the gold medal from the city of Milano.  We hope you will join us for what are sure to be very exciting lectures.  Click here for map:

Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, CERN

Evening Public Lecture (8:00 PM on Monday, April 8, 2013)

Hewlett Teaching Center, 370 Serra Mall, Rm. 200

The Higgs Boson and Our Life”

On 4 July 2012, the ATLAS and CMS experiments operating at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) announced the discovery of a new particle compatible with the Higgs boson (hunted for almost 50 years), which is a crucial piece for our understanding of fundamental physics and thus the structure and evolution of the universe.  This lecture describes the unprecedented instruments and challenges that have allowed such an accomplishment, the physics meaning and relevance of this discovery, and the implications for our day-by-day life.


Afternoon Colloquium (4:15 PM on Tuesday, April 9, 2013)

Hewlett Teaching Center, 370 Serra Mall, Rm. 201

The Higgs Boson and other recent results from ATLAS”

Recent results from the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are presented, with emphasis on Higgs physics. They are based in many cases on the full data sample recorded in 2011 and 2012.  Measurements of the Higgs boson properties, and the present understanding of this recently-discovered, very special particle, are discussed. 


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