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ATLAS is a general-purpose particle-physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. It is run by an international collaboration with about 5000 members from 180 institutions in 40 countries worldwide. It has been designed to exploit the full discovery potential and the huge range of physics opportunities that the LHC provides.
ATLAS' scientific exploration uses precision measurement to push the frontiers of knowledge by seeking answers to fundamental questions such as: What are the basic building blocks of matter? What are the fundamental forces of nature? Could there be a greater underlying symmetry to our universe?
ATLAS physicists test the predictions of the Standard Model, which encapsulates our current understanding of what the building blocks of matter are and how they interact. These studies can lead to ground-breaking discoveries, such as that of the Higgs boson, physics beyond the Standard Model and the development of new theories to better describe our universe.
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Rebeca Gonzalez Suarez:
Rebeca Gonzalez Suarez
Rebeca Gonzalez Suarez is a Spanish-Swedish particle physicist that works at Uppsala University in Sweden where she teaches physics in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Engineering Sciences. A member of the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) since 2018, she started her career in the CMS Collaboration (2006-2018) looking for the Higgs boson for the PhD thesis. After being based at CERN for a decade, working for institutes in Belgium and the US, she now leads a growing research team in Sweden. A Higgs boson and top quark expert, today she keeps looking for answers to long standing questions in the field searching for new phenomena at the LHC and beyond, in the particle colliders of the future.
With more than fifteen years of public engagement experience including but not limited to different outreach events, media appearances, extensive guiding and science communication, she was elected outreach coordinator of the ATLAS Collaboration in 2020, and within this role she has been in charge of the ATLAS-wide education, communication, and outreach program since March 1st 2021