David Krofcheck on the Higgs Boson
New Zealand at CERN and the Discovery of a new Particle: The shock of the “New”
Dr David Krofcheck from the department of physics will be joining us to talk about the discovery of the Higgs boson, what it means for particle physics, and life at CERN. David is a member of the CMS collaboration (one of the two major experiments being conducted at the LHC), so he knows first hand what goes on at CERN.
The Physics world was rocked by the July announcement of the discovery of a new particle that possesses characteristics of the long hypothesized Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is the physical manifestation of the Higgs field which is predicted to generate masses of all fundamental particles. The shock of initial observations is that the discovered particle may have properties that point towards “new physics”. We will follow the 50 year path of discovery and look at up-to-date arguments about the nature of the new particle. New Zealand is one of 39 nations forming the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaoration at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.
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