Presented by Brunel University, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, Queen Mary, University of London, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Royal Holloway, University of London, University College London, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, University of Sussex and University of Warwick
Konstantinos Nikolopoulos, Flavia de Almeida Dias and Wahid Bhimji hosted a Twitter Q&A on 3 July 2014 where they talked about the Higgs boson and beyond.
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Hands-on at this exhibit
- Discover the Higgs 70s-style
- Control the motion of electrons in a magnetic field
- Study the effect of spin with a pinball table
- Try to balance the Higgs boson mass using new physics contributions
High-energy physics aims to understand how Nature works at a fundamental level described by elementary particles. Our current theory, the Standard Model of particle physics, is remarkably successful: with its predictions confirmed by experiment to exceptional precision. However, a key piece, the 'Higgs boson', remained elusive until two years ago. Finding this new particle was just the start. Today we have gone beyond to clarify its nature, earning Peter Higgs and François Englert the Nobel Prize for Physics last year. We are also only just beginning to learn what the Higgs Boson can tell us of what new physics might be beyond the Standard Model.
High-energy physics aims to understand how nature works at a fundamental level described by elementary particles. Our current theory, the Standard Model of Particle Physics, is remarkably successful. Find out what the Higgs boson can tell us about new physics beyond the Standard Model.
Two years ago, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, the worlds highest-energy particle accelerator, discovered a particle consistent with being a Higgs boson for the first time. Since then we have studied in detail this particle’s properties, including its mass, spin and its decays to other types of particles. The measurements have finally now established that the particle is indeed the Higgs boson that completes the Standard Model.
However, this discovery opens new doors to explore what we know cannot be the ultimate theory of Nature. Searches are ongoing for what lies beyond, including additional Higgs bosons, Supersymmetry, Dark Matter and Extra Dimensions. Planning is also underway for future accelerators and experiments that can take us to even higher energies and levels of precision. These include the 31km International Linear Collider and an even larger 100km circumference accelerator at CERN.
To do all this, high-energy physics needs large collaborations of thousands of scientists; huge, state-of-the-art detectors and electronics; and 'Big Data' computing. Those technologies are pushed to the limit, leading to applications beyond particle physics in the everyday world, from medicine to industry.
Lead image: The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN, Switzerland.