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Christine Nattrass, assistant professor of physics, will present “Recreating the Big Bang at the Large Hadron Collider” on Saturday, April 8, at Saturday Morning Physics, a lecture series sponsored by UT’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Nattrass will describe what it is like to work at the Large Hadron Collider and study quark gluon plasma—hot, dense nuclear matter created by nuclear collisions. The last time this type of matter existed was shortly after the Big Bang. As the universe expanded and cooled, nuclear matter froze, eventually creating atoms. She will go into further detail on how scientist recreate and study the quark gluon plasma, as it lives less than a ten-thousandth of a billionth of a billionth of a second.

Nattrass’s lecture will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. with questions and a discussion from 11:15 to noon in 415 Neilsen Physics, 1408 Circle Drive. Limited parking will be available in the 11th Street Garage.

For more information about these lectures or to sign up, visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy website.


Kranti Gunthoti (865-974-5697,