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Black Holes and the Large Hadron Collider
Thu 27 April 2017, 19:00 – 20:30 BST
Free IOP talk for the public by Professor Elizabeth Winstanley, visiting from the University of Sheffield
When: 7.00pm Thursday 27 April 2017 (free tea, coffee and biscuits from 6.30pm)
Where: University of Leeds, Conference Auditorium 2
Could we create a mini black hole at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN? Some models in string theory suggest that this might be possible. In this talk we will introduce the LHC, and explain why mini black holes might be created there. We will describe how these mini black holes could be created, and what would happen to them once they have been produced. In particular, we discuss why these black holes will not swallow up the entire Earth. Along the way we will meet a surprising discovery by Stephen Hawking, and find out what an experiment in the Argentinian Pampas tells us about mini black holes.
The new multi-storey car park at the University of Leeds is open to the general public on evenings after 17.00 (Monday – Friday), weekends, bank holidays and when the University is closed. Up to two hours costs £2.
Contact: Mike Ries
(Image credit: ATLAS Experiment © 2017 CERN)