The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is the world's most energetic proton accelerator, and has produced about a thousand papers per experiment, including the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson. This talk will discuss what conclusions can be drawn from this deluge of results, and in particular what they teach us about the quantum mechanical vacuum. Unlike the classical vacuum, the quantum vacuum is a very dynamic thing, and its properties influence many physical phenomena. The LHC provides a look at the quantum vacuum in unprecedented detail.
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