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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium – Spring 2019 – Pinfold
April 17, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Title: Dirac’s Dream – The Quest for the Magnetic Monopole
Abstract: The elusive magnetic monopole is arguably the most important
particle that has yet to be discovered. We shall follow the search
for the monopole from its Victorian beginnings until today
and discuss how we can continue into the future. We shall
see that this quest describes a golden thread that runs through
fundamental physics from its classical beginnings, through its
quantum conception, to the brave new world of Grand Unified
Theory and Theories of Everything. Nevertheless, I shall consider
this adventure from an experimentalist’s point of view.