The Search for Stop with the Large Hadron Collider and Addressing the National Crisis in STEM Education
Physicists achieved a new milestone in their understanding of the universe with the recent discovery of a Higgs-like boson at CERN in Switzerland. And that may be only the beginning of the discoveries to flow from the LHC. Researchers continue to face many unanswered questions: what is the nature of dark matter, what is the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe or is there a unification of forces? These questions are essential to our understanding of the physical world. Golling is reformulating that quest to ask if there are any new particles, beyond our current best knowledge, represented by the Standard Model, our current best understanding of how the universe works. The educational portion of his project will allow students to participate in his hunt for potential partners of the elemental particle called the top quark, as predicted by a theoretical extension of the Standard Model called Weak scale Supersymmetry (SUSY).