The Role of Accelerators in Understanding the Dark Universe: A vision for Particle Physics

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Many key questions in particle physics and cosmology are unanswered today. In particular, some 95% of the Universe consist of unknown dark matter and dark energy. Accelerator experiments together with observations from astro(particle)-physics shed light on questions like what happened at the early Universe, what is dark matter and dark energy, and much more. The proton collider LHC at CERN, scheduled to start up this year, will take us into the discovery realm. An Electron-Positron Linear Collider would extend the discoveries and both together can provide a wealth of measurements that are essential for a deeper understanding of the Universe. The talk will address these fascinating questions and will have a look into the future of particle physics.