Pauline Gagnon

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Pauline Gagnon is a particle physicist who went to CERN in 1995 first to work on the OPAL experiment, then the ATLAS experiment as a senior research scientist at Indiana University, working mostly on dark matter searches. In 2011, she joined the CERN Communication group and became CERN official blogger until she left in 2014 to write the popular science book Who Cares About Particle Physics: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN. It will be released by Oxford University Press in July 2016. The book is already available in French and is being translated in Farsi in Iran. Over the past three years, she has given more than 60 public talks in particle physics at CERN, in Canada, France, Scotland, Tunisia, Germany and onboard a cruise for Scientific American.

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Physics is on the verge of an Earth-shattering discovery

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Sorry if the choice of term “Earth-shattering” bothered some of you. I certainly do not pretend that physics is omnipotent but if this is confirmed or if any new opservation outside the current theoretical model is done this year at the LHC, it will shatter the gound where particle physics currently stand. This is not just one more particle. Everything observed so far had its place in the current model. Many particles turned out to be composite objects built from fundamental particles. Indeed, there were a lot of these composite objects, but if any new particle is found from now on, it will require a complete rethinking of what we know. Try to imagine finding a new chemical element, somet...

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