VIRTUAL ONLY: Colloquium: The Future is Open: Adventures with Public Collider Data

  • Sept. 30, 2020, 4:00 pm

Speaker: Jesse Thaler, MIT

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The Future is Open: Adventures with Public Collider Data

In November 2014, the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider made the unprecedented move of releasing research-grade particle physics data for unrestricted use. I am a theoretical particle physicist, and for the first time, I had access to real collision data from a cutting-edge experiment, as well as an opportunity to demonstrate the scientific value of public data access. Over the past six years, my research group has carried out a number of innovative analyses using the CMS Open Data. In this colloquium, I highlight some of our research successes as well as some of the challenges we faced using public collider data to explore physics in and beyond the Standard Model.