“Where do we come from?” is an age-long question of humankind. To answer this question scientifically, we use two kinds of “time machines.” One is the giant telescopes that can look so far away that you see the way the Universe was billions of years ago. But the Big Bang itself? Unfortunately telescopes can only see the “surface” of the Big Bang, when the Universe was 380,000 years old. To go farther back, we use giant particle accelerators to “redo” the Big Bang and see what it was like. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) discovered the Higgs boson, the milestone in 21st century physics. The International Linear Collider (ILC) will do better, taking us back to when the Universe was less than a billionth of a second old. Dr. Murayama lives to solve nature’s elemental puzzles like eccentric particles, dark matter and why our universe is expanding so swiftly.
Dr Murayama is a senior staff member at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the MacAdams Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is renowned for his clear lectures for students and general audiences.
Panelists include Dugan O'Neil, Andrei Frolov, Levon Pogosian and Mike Vetterli from the SFU Physics department.