The upcoming dawn of CMS and the LHC

Paris Sphicas (CERN)
DESY auditorium, 17:00h

After two decades of design work, R&D, prototyping, construction, assembling and extensive testing, CMS is gearing up to register proton-proton collisions delivered by the Large Hadron Collider. The goals remain unaltered since the inception of this huge physics program: to understand the last unsolved issue in the Standard Model, that of the mechanism via which the underlying Electroweak symmetry is broken. More generally, CMS will probe the physics of the TeV energy scale, where many extensions of the Standard Model may (have to) manifest themselves. I will review the requirements, the challenges, the design principles and the choices made for the CMS detector and show how it is designed to definitely probe the physics of the TeV scale. I will then describe the program of work at the startup of the LHC and our expectations for early physics.

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