The field of quantum mechanics opens up many opportunities to make optimal use of current-generation particle accelerators in the quest for the foundations of physics. That is the theme of Wim Beenakkers's inaugural lecture.
As Wim Beenakker explains in his inaugural lecture, the research into the characteristics of the smallest fundamental building blocks of nature and their mutual interaction brings together experiments using particle accelerators and astronomical observations, with an essential role reserved for quantum mechanics.
The experiments caried out using particle accelerators produce knowledge about the early universe that can help as make predictions about the current universe. As Beenakker explains, astronomical observations can then be used as touchstones for these predictions and a source of inspiration for further theoretical refinements. To get the utmost out of this interaction between theory and experiment, smart quantum techniques can be used to make phenomena visible that fall beyond the reach of the current particle accelerators.
W.J.P. Beenakker, professor of Experimental High-Energy Physics: Een kwantummechanisch kijkje achter de sluier van het onbekende.
This event is open to the public.
( Please note that this lecture is in Dutch.)