Category Archives: Higgs Boson

Nobel Prize for Physics 2013 to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert

Congratulations to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for receiving the Physics Nobel Prize of 2013, for proposing the Higgs Boson that was announced at the LHC at CERN on July 4, 2012. Francois Englert and Peter Higgs at the Higgs … Continue reading

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The World of the Higgs – A Talk by Dennis Silverman

I am giving talks called The World of the Higgs to two groups, one at OLLI Cal State University Fullerton on Oct. 10 at 12:30 PM, and the next at OLLI UC Irvine, on Oct. 11 at 1 PM.  The link above … Continue reading

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US Contributions to the LHC at CERN that Discovered the Higgs Particle

Symmetry magazine just had an article on the US contribution to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva.  The LHC is the colliding proton rings that discovered the Higgs Boson that was announced on July 4, 2012. Of the 6000 … Continue reading

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Where Our Mass Comes From

Having begun the Age of the Higgs last year, which gives mass to all quarks and force particles except photons, we might expect that that is where most of our mass comes from. This is not the case, and we … Continue reading

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The Costs, Uses, Training, and Scientific Contributions of High Energy Physics

In giving talks about particle physics, I am usually asked what are the practical applications of particle physics.  I often think that the audience is aghast that someone would ask a pure theorist who works only for scientific knowledge, what … Continue reading

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Update on Higgs Production Analyses from Lepton Photon 2013 and the SLAC Summer Institute

There are new data analyses from ATLAS and CMS at CERN in the properties of the Higgs Boson and in the search for new particles.  The analyses cover the complete 2011 data set at total center of mass energy of … Continue reading

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Higgs contributions to Weak Bosons With Weak Isospin and Spin

Here we attempt a diagram to show where the Higgs Bosons fit into the Weinberg-Salam Electroweak Unification Bosons, when the symmetry breaking turns on the particle masses. Initially, all particle masses start out at zero, so that there is weak … Continue reading

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Musings on the Naming of the Higgs Boson

First of all, I am the world’s worst science historian, so don’t take this as a reputable history article.  Second, the field will sort out the historical credit, so I am not concerned with that.  Here is a picture of … Continue reading

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Update on Higgs from CMS Presented at Moriond QCD on March 14, 2013

The CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) in CERN, Geneva, presented its Higgs data at the Moriond QCD conference on March 14, 2013.  The talk was by Christoph Ochando.  The analysis covered their complete data … Continue reading

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Update on Higgs Data Presented at Moriond, March 6, 2013

At the XLVIII Moriond Conference on Electroweak Interactions and Unified Theories, on March 6, 2013, ATLAS and CMS presented updates on the Higgs candidate, often with the full data set.  For ATLAS, that is 20.7 /fb (inverse femtobarns) at 8 … Continue reading

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