Kyle Parfrey

Columbia University, PhD Candidate

Astrophysics at the LHC, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Microscopic Black Holes?

How can studying nature on its smallest scales teach us about the largest things in existence? The Large Hadron Collider has the potential to produce the dark matter that holds galaxies together, tell us if there are more dimensions than we can experience, explain why the universe contains much more matter than antimatter, and maybe even make tiny black holes. We'll describe the machine, the science, its implications, and why it's (not) going to kill us all.