Physics at the Large Hadron Collider
A New Window on Matter, Spacetime and the Universe

Harvey Newman (Sc. D, MIT 1974), Professor of Physics, has been a Caltech faculty member since 1982. In 1973-4 he co-led the team that discovered fourth quark flavor known as “charm”. He co-led the MARK J Collaboration that discovered the gluon, the carrier of the strong force in 1979. Since 1994 has been a member of CMS that discovered the Higgs boson at the LHC in 2012, and is searching for additional Higgs particles, supersymmetry, extra dimensions, and other exotic new particles. Newman has had a leading role in originating, developing and operating state of the art international networks and collaborative systems serving the high energy and nuclear physics communities since 1982. He served on the IETF and the Technical Advisory Group that led to the NSFNet in 1985-6. He originated the worldwide LHC Computing Model in 1996. He currently represents the physics community on the Internet2 Network Policy and Operations Advisory Group and the Open Daylight Advisory Board. He has led the science and network engineering teams that have defined the state of the art in long distance data transfers since 2002, and is currently developing the next generation of software-defined global networks together with ESnet, Internet2, SURFnet, NORDUnet and many other network partners.

Harvey Newman, Professor of Physics at Caltech, gave on January 13, 2010 an Earnest C. Watson Lecture about the physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The presentation slides can be downloaded as:

Click here to view the recorded lecture (official Caltech recording will be available on 29th Jan 2010).


We have now embarked on a new generation of exploration at the frontier of high energies as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) comes online at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Caltech physicists and students, together with colleagues from universities and laboratories around the world have participated in the exciting startup of the LHC and the experiments last Fall, and are now leading several of the searches for new physics processes at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment.

Using CMS and the LHC, two of the most complex instruments ever devised, and new methods developed at Caltech, we are preparing to search for the Higgs particles thought to be responsible for mass in the universe, as well as for supersymmetry, evidence of extra spatial dimensions, excited states of electrons and muons, and other exotic new particles and forces of nature. This lecture will review physics at the high energy frontier, the startup of the LHC program, and the road to discoveries that may emerge starting next month and continuing for the next 15 years or more.


Online Video Resources

The LHC, the largest scientific program in history, has spawned numerous videos aimed at young scientists or the general public. Here is just a sampling, from the latest news from the LHC and its experiments, to the widely viewed "Large Hadron Rap".