New Physics, New Technologies, & New Perspectives: Searching For The Missing 96% Of The Universe
Well, I think it is an amazing opportunity for my field, to discover something new Some people might find it demoralizing or even scary that we don't know so much but that is the whole point of To find something new and what could be bigger than 96% of the universe? Well, within fundamental particle physics the resources to run an experiment of that scale all require international collaboration. So if you go to the experiments of a similar magnitude in Japan or America you will find the structure approximately the same as CERN. People from all over the world coming together to focus on one tiny bit of the experiment. The days of tabletop particle experiments are mostly gone.
I hope that answers the question. I think a certain proportion of it will be in the form of particles that don't interact with the detectors to the full extent that we know. Maybe they interact with a fifth force, but at the moment that is only projected. We know that the rest is some kind of energy which is driving the expansion of the universe at an ever accelerating rate. We know this from measuring the relative velocities of galaxies.
I would invent the ability for some extra terrestrial race to be able to pose as a human and to live as a human in order for them to learn about in order for them to learn about before they decide to make contact. I think you could have quite a good plot about the aliens deciding whether to show us how to stop climate change or deciding that we have to work it out for ourselves. Definitely! I read a lot of science fiction. Peter F. Hamilton. If you've heard of him.
Most definitely! I particularly saw it in the group for students that I was in. They were completely international and I really wish that some of that could be translated to other problems. I definitely think it's being discovered rather than created. I mean, some of the particle states that are created at the LHC were present during the big bang. I think it's possible to get all tangled in all sorts of philosphical knots if you start thinking we are creating nature. I don't think I'm going to be around to deal with it. So it doesn't keep me awake at night.
But I think if that's what the physics is saying, then we have to follow it. I think with particle physics it's more a question of the energy of collisions. So, deep in space, you have a lot more room to build a bigger collider and get higher energies.
I think when it really matters to get rid of the backgrounds is astrophysics. Definitely - but I don't know what they are yet. For example, when the electron was discovered, people thought it was completely useless and that wasn't true. There's a lot of studies saying that new technologies can be biased in terms of being designed with a type of person in mind.
I think that we really need to think about where the technology is taking us in terms of how a lot of people can lose their jobs and be replaced by AI, but I also think it's too big an opportunity to miss. It's mostly a positive thing that is happening in terms of getting more inclusion forminorities in stem. They are becoming more visible to the next generation are seeing people like themselves and then going into science because they know it's possible. I think a lot of challenges I have faced, as a person with disabilities in STEM, were because I was the only one. With my particular needs, so no one knew how to solve the problems and that was true of other minorities. It's improving by people being more aware of the issues.
Well, I have my viva in a few weeks, but after that I'm really excited about getting involved in further science communication speaking about my work and to other groups. I'm also involved in a project with MIT to develop a programme to help people with disability to type in a new way, which is looking really promising. And I'm also doing a bit of science fiction writing. So, a lot going on! I think that there needs to be a big shift to move away from using the traditional technologies of oil and gas. Obviously to new energy sources. I was recently interested in a project I saw at Cambridge developing organic solar cells.
That looked like it had a lot of potential. Definitely! It has a lot of potential to do some really exciting measurements.