The Large Hadron Collider is the latest step in the continuing endeavour of particle physicists to understand our universe. Colliding hydrogen nuclei 40 million times every second the LHC is a powerful microscope looking into the world of the microcosm. Experiments like ATLAS are detecting the products of these collisions. The large amount of data generated by these detectors are analysed by an international collaboration of physicists and have led already to important insights.
Where are we going next after the Nobel Prize winning discovery of the Higgs Boson?
I will talk about current particle physics research, the ongoing hunt for Dark Matter and some of the technical challenges phased by experiments operating at this amazing machine.