The 5th Dvořák Lecture
Since three years the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in particular ATLAS, investigate particle physics at the highest collision energies ever achieved in a laboratory. Following a rich harvest of results for Standard Model (SM) Physics came in 2012 the first spectacular discovery of a new, heavy particle, most likely the long-awaited Higgs boson.
However, with the recent discovery of a new boson the exciting journey into unexplored physics territory, within and beyond the SM, has only just begun at the LHC, in particular also in view of the increased collision energy expected for the next running period starting in 2015. Besides the first results and the future prospects, the talk will also cover briefly the history and the challenges of the whole LHC project, as well as the fruitful collaboration with the Czech groups since the very beginning of this large scientific adventure.