The LHC: From dark matter particles to extra dimensions

April 9, 2019
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Alliance Française de Chicago
54 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, USA

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Researchers around the world hope to discover new particles that can explain the nature of dark matter, prove the existence of extra dimensions, and perhaps even create mini black holes…

The LHC, the world’s largest particle accelerator located on the French-Swiss border, recreates the conditions that prevailed a few seconds after the Big Bang. This equipment makes it possible to collide protons at a speed close to the speed of light, in order to create new particles.

We will discuss very strange events in which protons remain intact after interactions that allow to probe the existence of extra-dimensions in the universe and dark matter particles.

Event Details

This event is free, but RSVP is mandatory.

Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. This event is part of the eighth annual French-Americal Science Festival.

Parking and Transportation

Conveniently located within one and four blocks from the Chicago red line and brown line stops, in the heart of Chicago’s cultural district. CTA bus routes 22, 36 and 66 stops are all within one block.

The Alliance Française de Chicago has two parking locations for your convenience:

InterPark at 100 W Chestnut St (NW corner of Clark and Chestnut):
$9.00, good for a 12-hour period (with validation at the Alliance Française’s reception desk) · No overnight parking

LAZ Parking at 2 W Delaware (between Dearborn and State): $10 rate, enter between 2pm and exit before 7am (with validation at the Alliance Française’s reception desk) · If anyone enters outside that time frame that person will be charged regular rates.

Metered parking is available on Dearborn Street, Chestnut Street and Chicago Avenue. Daytime parking restrictions apply, so be sure to read the posted signs. There are also parking lots to the west and south of the Alliance Française which charge an hourly fee.