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Women in Science seminar: Prof. Lauren Tompkins

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm
Spilker 143

The Large Hadron Collider, an accelerator in Switzerland which collides protons at the highest person-made energies in history, is trying to uncover the fundamental structure of matter and our universe. To do so, it produces roughly 100 terabytes of data per second.  The experiments can only record 1 gigabyte per second.  In this talk, I’ll describe how we use fast algorithms in custom electronics to decide which of the 0.001% of collisions to keep and how we know that we aren’t throwing away valuable Higgs bosons, dark matter particles or other messengers of new physics.   

Lauren Tompkins received her B.A. in physics and mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004.  She then spent one year as a Fulbright scholar at Le Laboratoire de l’Accélérateur Linéaire in Orsay, France, before returning to UC Berkeley for graduate school.  After receiving her PhD from Berkeley in 2011, she joined the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral scholar.  In the fall of 2013 she was the Enrico Fermi Institute’s Arthur M. Compton Lecturer.  Her appointment with Stanford began in the Fall of 2014.