Shawnee Community Room in the Rockwood Center
Dr. Plaus, Assistant Professor, Physics joined the St. Gregory’s faculty in 2012
The idea that the universe is made of tiny particles has existed since the time of Democritus in ancient Greece, but re-emerged in a more formal way with Dalton’s theory of atoms in the nineteenth century. Since then, particle physics has developed into a diverse field with many theoretical and experimental advancements. The Standard Model and the existence of the Higgs have been strengthened by recent observations at the Large Hadron Collider, but many theorists are dissatisfied by the unwieldy mathematics involved. Dr. Valerie Plaus will explain the difference between the Standard Model and one of its theoretical extensions, supersymmetry, as well as her particular research into their Higgs phenomenology.