The Higgs Boson - Lost or Found?Export this event to calendar

Thursday, January 17, 2013 — 4:00 PM EST

Professor Cliff Burgess
Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Abstract

In the 1960s a long-standing puzzle about the nature of radioactive decays led to the proposal that the vacuum can have physical properties, and should not simply be regarded as the absence of things. In particular, all fundamental particles (out of which everything is built) are thought to acquire their mass through their interactions with the vacuum. If true, this picture requires the existence of a new fundamental force and the existence of a new elementary particle, called the Higgs boson after one of its first proponents, Prof. Peter Higgs. This summer experimenters using the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland announced the discovery of a new fundamental particle, the first new such particle to be discovered in more than 30 years. If it is the Higgs boson it would be a Nobel-worthy scientific achievement culminating decades of effort. This talk summarizes the current evidence as to whether what was discovered is the Higgs or not, and what this might mean for the future prospects of the LHC.

Location 
PHY - Physics
150
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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