Dr. Albert De Roeck lectures at Zewail City on Higgs Boson

Dr. Albert De Roeck, professor at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, gave a seminar at Zewail City on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

The seminar, titled The Discovery of the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider, discussed the road to the discovery of the Higgs particle with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) and ATLAS experiment, and showed the latest results on the properties of this new kind of particle. It also discussed what can be expected next at the LHC and in the near future.

Dr. Albert de Roeck is a senior research scientist and staff member at CERN.  He is also a professor at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and a visiting professor at the Institute of Particle Physics and Phenomenology in Durham (U.K.). He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Antwerp on an experiment at CERN, studying the multiparticle dynamics in hadron-hadron interactions, by colliding meson beams on protons and nuclear targets.  After his PhD, de Roeck spent ten years at the German particle physics laboratory, DESY, where he and his team made very precise measurements of the quark and gluon structure of the proton.

In the late 90s, his interest turned to the possibility of discovering new physics, in particular supersymmetry and extra dimensions, and he returned to CERN and joined an experiment at the large electron-positron collider (LEP). de Roeck is now one the leaders of the physics program and preparation for physics analysis at the CMS experiment at the LHC.