What is matter made of? Dr. Brigitte Vachon will explore some of the fundamental questions posed by Nature and the cutting edge tool, the Large Hadron Collider, used to study the quantum world. A description of the recent discovery of a new elementary particle called a Higgs boson will provide insights into the everyday life and work of scientists involved in this kind of research, where the infinitely big collides with the infinitely small.
Brigitte Vachon is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in particle physics at McGill University. Her research consists in the study of the elementary constituents of nature and their interactions using the most powerful man-made particle colliders in the world. She is a member of the ATLAS international collaboration of physicists who discovered the long-sought Higgs boson particle in July 2012.