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Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik in Golm

Matt Choptuik
Black Hole Production at the LHC?

April 30, 2008, 2pm
Max Planck Campus Golm, central building, main lecture hall

Abstract:
One of the most exciting and provocative claims arising from the
possibility that the Planck scale energy might lie near the TeV scale, is
that the LHC may in fact turn out to be a mini-black-hole factory.  In
this talk I will
briefly summarize the reasoning that underlies the claim, and discuss
some possible weaknesses in the arguments. I will then report on
numerical calculations
aimed at determining to what extent some of the key assumptions used in the
estimation of black-hole cross-sections in accelerator experiments can
be expected to hold.

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