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CERN scientist set for Queen’s lecture

One of the scientists tasked with unearthing the secrets of the Big Bang is coming to Belfast to present a Royal Irish Academy lecture at Queen’s University.

Dr Steve Myers, director of Accelerators and Technology at CERN, will present the lecture to discuss the performance of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which has exceeded all expectations in its ultimate goal to prove or disprove the existence of the Higgs boson.

Dr Myers will review the progress made with the performance of the LHC since the first collisions on March 30, 2010.

He will highlight the accelerator physics issues as well as the engineering challenges which must be addressed in order to push the performance. Finally, Dr Myers will discuss the plans for the near and longer term future.

The lecture will be held from 6pm on Monday, May 9 in the Great Hall at Queen’s University.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It is expected to address some of the most fundamental questions of physics, advancing the understanding of the deepest laws of nature. The LHC lies in a tunnel 175 metres beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva.

The CERN laboratory employs approximately 2,600 full-time employees, as well as some 7,931 scientists and engineers representing 580 universities and research facilities and 80 nationalities. CERN's main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research

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Admission to the lecture is free but booking before arrival is essential at www.ria.ie.

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