Sigma Xi lecture: Sally C. Seidel, "Discovering New Particles"
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 7:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294
1825 SW Broadway
Portland State University

Free and open to the public


The Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi presents a talk by Sally C. Seidel (Department of Physics and Astonomy, University of New Mexico):

Discovering New Particles

Discovering new particles involves teams of thousands of people, from dozens of nations, working together to build experimental facilities so large that if they weren't buried deep underground, they would be visible from space.  The detectors typically have tens of millions of components specially designed and built for this purpose alone. Why is all of this effort worthwhile?  This talk will explain how each new particle has the potential to unlock the answer to a fundamental question about the nature of the universe.


Dr. Seidel is the faculty member of the University of New Mexico's Collider Physics Group. Their primary goal is an improved understanding of heavy quark bound states. These studies increase the understanding of the strong force, one of the four fundamental forces of nature. They may also contribute to the discovery of physics beyond the Standard Model. This work requires that they collect and analyze data at the Large Hadron Collider and other experimental facilities. It also requires them to design, construct, and test state-of-the-art particle tracking detectors, interconnects, and electronics. The instrumentation may ultimately be incorporated into medical imaging or security verification systems that would benefit the greater society. Dr. Seidel earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan.

Sigma Xi

Founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all STEM fields, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of science and engineering. The Columbia-Willamette Chapter hosts regular events around the Portland Metro area throughout the year.