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A Discovery: The Higgs - Why It is Important and How It was Done

This event is sponsored by the Georgia Tech School of Physics as part of their Frontiers in Physicss Lecture Series and will be hosted by Nepomuk Otte.

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A Discovery: The Higgs - Why It is Important and How It was Done
Howard A. Gordon, U.S. ATLAS Deputy Operations Program Manager
Brookhaven National Laboratory

The ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider with its sister experiment CMS reported a discovery last summer of a new boson which is consistent with the Standard Model Higgs boson.

The Higgs particle has been searched for decades. It is the final jewel in the Standard Model of particle physics, a crowning achievement of 20th century science that gives a powerful understanding of fundamental particles and their interactions. In the Standard Model, the Higgs is the quantum of a field that accounts for the masses of those particles.

In this lecture we will describe the apparatus, the data and other searches.

The ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    BTW Mr. Gordon mentioned that it's not 100% Higgs boson. They still haven't measured the spin. Probably it'll be done after 2015.
    And as usual, there was some guy who asked "What are technological benefits of finding the Higgs particle?"
    Any way, it was a great lecture.

    March 5, 2013

  • Daniel

    It's always nice to hear an expert occasionally say, "We don't know." Good presentation tonight. Enjoyed it.

    March 4, 2013

  • Marc M.

    Sorry, as much as I want to, I don't think I'll be able to make this talk.

    March 3, 2013

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