Could we create a mini black hole at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN? Some models in string theory suggest that this might be possible. In this talk we will introduce the LHC, and explain why mini black holes might be created there. We will describe how these mini black holes are created, and what happens to them once they have been produced. In particular, we discuss why these black holes will not swallow up the entire Earth. Along the way we will meet a surprising discovery by Stephen Hawking, and find out what an experiment in the Argentinian Pampas tells us about mini black holes.
About the speaker:
Elizabeth Winstanley is Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests lie in general relativity, quantum gravity and quantum field theory in curved space-time, focusing particularly on black holes. She has recently co-authored a book on "Quantum Black Holes" with Xavier Calmet (Sussex) and Bernard Carr (Queen Mary). In 2010 she was awarded the Australian Institute of Physics' Women in Physics Lectureship. She is a past Chair of the Gravitational Physics Group of the Institute of Physics and has also served on the Council of the London Mathematical Society. In 2016 she spent five months as an Erskine Visiting Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
A buffet will be served half an hour before the commencement of the lecture.