The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), our Universe and String Theory
Monday 22nd July 2013
Prof Fernando Quevedo;
Director, International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics University of Cambridge, UK
Prof Fernando Quevedo, gave a distinguished lecture at CMU Rwanda an introduction to ICTP's mission and programmes was presented during the first few minutes followed by a general discussion about the current situation in fundamental high energy physics after the successful start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and other ongoing experiments. The outstanding problems including cosmological challenges were discussed and the role of string theory in addressing some of these issues were reviewed.
Prof Frenando Quevedo had his early education in Guatemala. His Ph.D. was obtained under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg. He had research appointments at CERN, Switzerland, McGill University in Canada, Institut de Physique in Neuchatel, Switzerland, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, as well as a brief term as professor of physics at the UNAM (Mexican National Autonomous University), Mexico. He joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1998, where he is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. Professor Quevedo was awarded the 1998 ICTP Prize in recognition of his important contributions to superstring theory.