NIAS Public Lecture: "Multi-Billion Dollar Projects to find answers to some fundamental questions in Physics and Astronomy" by Prof. B V Sreekantan, Lecture Hall, 1600 hrs

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru - 560 012




“Multi-Billion Dollar Projects to find answers to some

fundamental questions in Physics and Astronomy”



Prof. B V Sreekantan

Vising Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies


Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 at 4.00 PM, Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru - 560012


Abstract:  Everyone who has an eye and a ear for the happenings in the frontiers of science knows that two major discoveries have been made in the last few  years ---the discovery of the Higgs Boson 1n 2012 and of Gravitational Waves  in 2015.  In both these there has been global participation from different countries of the world.

Each one of the experiments has cost the world tens of billion dollars. The production of Gravitational Waves was a consequence of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity proposed in 1915 and the Higgs Boson prediction was a consequence of Quantum Field theory

Apart from these, there are still many subtle issues concerning both these theories that need clarification through further experimentation. Also many projected discoveries in particle physics are awaiting discovery--super symmetric partners of known particles, Proton decay Axions, WIMPS etc. Astronomy has thrown in many surprises, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, whose identity has to be determined the magnetic spectrograph on space station has  given new results on primar cosmic rays that contradict ground based and balloon based experimental results of  earlier years.

To resolve these issues,, mega buck international collaborative ventures are in various stages of  undertaking.  In this talk an attempt will be made to focus on the scientific importance of these projects and outline the technical details and implementation efforts in different countries.

All are cordially invited

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017