On top of physics: studying nature's heaviest building block
A talk by Dr Clara Nellist of the ATLAS Experiment, CERN
The top quark is the most massive known elementary particle in the Standard Model of particle physics, although the reason for its large mass is not fully understood. Due to its unique properties, the top quark is potentially sensitive to effects of as-yet undiscovered new physics. Scientists working on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN study this particle in precise detail hoping it will help to explain mysteries of the Universe, such as the origin of dark matter.
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About the speaker
Dr Clara Nellist is a particle physicist working for Radboud University and NIKHEF in the Netherlands on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Clara has worked on upgrades of the pixel detector, studies of the Higgs boson and top quark, and is applying machine learning algorithms to search for hints of dark matter in the data.
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