Tom LeCompte is the physics coordinator for the ATLAS experiment, a 3,000-person collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. This experiment studies the collisions of protons at the highest energy yet achieved.
This experiment will improve our understanding of matter, energy, space and time and hopes to shed life on questions like: Why do particles have mass? What is the dark matter that makes up much of the universe? Are there extra dimensions beyond the three space and one time dimension we perceive?