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Physics Colloquium: "Higgs boson: Discovery, Properties and Prospects"

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Physics Department
141 Loomis
Nov 7, 2012   4:00 pm  
Professor Mark Neubauer, Physics Department, University of Illinois
Originating Calendar
Physics - Colloquium

In the standard model, the masses of fundamental particles arise

when electroweak symmetry is spontaneously broken by the interaction

of massless fields with the Higgs field. If this theory is correct,

then a single, massive, scalar boson called the "Higgs boson" must

exist and have specific properties. On July 4, 2012, the discovery of

a new particle resembling the Higgs boson was announced at CERN by the

ATLAS and CMS collaborations which analyze data from high-energy

proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider.

In this talk, I will summarize the case for this discovery, discuss

its implications, and present new results on the properties of this

Higgs-like particle. I will also discuss some prospects for future

measurements to elucidate its nature at the dawn of this new Higgs era

in particle physics.

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