The Large Hadron Collider: Awakening at the next energy frontier

Anyes Taffard, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, School of Physical Sciences, UC Irvine

After more than two years of consolidation and preparatory work by the accelerator and detector communities, the Large Hadron Collider is renewing its exploration at the new high-energy frontier of 13 TeV center-of-mass energy, searching for new particles and interactions beyond the Higgs boson. Highlights of recent results from the 8 TeV data and the present 13 TeV data collected by the ATLAS experiment will be discussed, as well as future prospects in confronting theories with data.