The Large Hadron Collider research program: present status and perspectives

The LHC and the experiments exploiting it are the largest instruments built by mankind to explore the fundamental structures of matter and the the nature of the interaction affecting them. It is the last chapter of a success story which started more than 60 years: we will describe what has been the contribution of the LHC and its experiments to improve our understanding on how nature works so far. The exploitation of the new energy domain has just started and the Experiments are gearing up to address some of the fundamental questions for which the present Standard Model of Nature does not have an explanation. We will outline how the LHC and the experiments can address these questions over the next decades.

The speaker

Senior scientist at CERN, Geneva. Born in 1958 in Italy, Tiziano Camporesi graduated from the Physics Department of the University of Bologna in 1981 with a thesis done at CERN within the fixed target experiment NA4-BCDMS. In 1983 he got a postdoctoral grant at Stanford University and collaborated with the MAC experiment on the PEP electron-positron collider at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. In 1986 he came back to Europe as a CERN physics fellow and joined the DELPHI experiment at the Large Electron Positron (LEP) collider. He became CERN research staff in 1989 and continue to do research in DELPHI. In 1999 he was elected spokesperson by the DELPHI collaboration (comprising more than 500 researchers from 42 institutes). In 2002 he joined the CMS experiment where he has been responsible of various projects (Forward Hadron calorimeter 2002-2003, Electromagnetic calorimeter 2004-2007). In 2007 he was asked to become the Run and Commissioning coordinator responsible of the first run to take data at the Large Hadron Collider in 2010. In 2012 he became the Deputy spokesperson of the CMS collaboration (comprising 3000 researchers from 187 institutes from 43 countries) The discovery of the Higgs Boson, known by the nick-name of ‘God’s particle’, was achieved by the CMS collaboration during his mandate. He was elected by the CMS collaboration boards to be the Spokesperson of the experiment for the period 2014-2016. His research interests range from the understanding of radiation detection techniques, design of novel particle detectors to analysis of High Energy Particle interactions to study the dynamics of the forces regulating fundamental natural phenomena. In his professional career he has been member and chair of several committees and member of international review committees in various European countries. He has been author or co-author of more than 900 articles published in international peer review journals.