Where art thou, O Higgs?

February 16, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Wat. 112

The Department of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: Prof. Steve Nahn, MIT Dept. of Physics, to speak on "Where art thou, O Higgs?"

The world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has just finished its second year of proton proton collisions at center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV, increasing the data sample by a factor of ~125. So, the world is waiting (and starting to get impatient) for the answer to one of the flagship questions addressed by the LHC: what is the mechanism by which fundamental fermions and bosons are endowed with mass? There is a simple hypothesis, embodied by the so called "Higgs Mechanism" embedded into the Standard Model of particle physics, which requires one new particle, giving experimenters at the LHC a quest: The hunt for the Higgs. This talk will elaborate on why this is an interesting question for the LHC, demonstrate a bit of what it takes in terms of experimentation to answer the question, and discuss the current state of the hunt.

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Physics and Astronomy, Mānoa Campus

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Dr. Peter Gorham, 956-9157, gorham@phys.hawaii.edu

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