Exploring the Energy Frontier at the Large Hadron Collider
Eva Halkiadakis, Professor of Physics, Rutgers University
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory is the world's most powerful particle accelerator. The proton collider program at the LHC brought the dawn of the exploration of a new energy frontier, and in 2012 the observation of the Higgs boson was announced to the world by the CMS and ATLAS collaborations. Since 2015 the LHC entered a new era of even higher proton collisions at a center-of-mass of 13 TeV, and has broken data-taking records collecting an unprecedented amount of data at these high energies. The LHC experiments have an extensive program of searches for physics beyond the Standard Model, exploring uncharted territory at the energy frontier. I will present the status of the LHC and will highlight the most recent experimental results using the 13 TeV data.