The ATLAS experiment is one of four large experiments at the LHC, involving 3100 scientists from universities and laboratories on every continent except Antarctica. Millions of proton-proton collisions take place every second in the ATLAS detector, and data from the products of the most interesting collisions are recorded and scrutinized. The goal is to study the properties and interactions of fundamental particles and to search for and hopefully discover a wide range of new phenomena, from the elusive Higgs boson to the particles of dark matter. This presentation will introduce the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider and review its first results, particularly those that shed light on the question "are quarks truly elementary, or might they be made of something smaller?"
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