"The Higgs Boson"
high-energy particle physicist, Professor Gustaaf Brooijmans, of Columbia University will present his colloquium on the Higgs boson.
Predictions based on the Standard Model of particle physics,
formulated over thirty years ago, have withstood the challenge of every
experiment in particle physics over that period with extreme accuracy. Nevertheless, an essential building block,
the Higgs boson, has remained elusive.
With most of its allowed mass range already excluded, experiments are
now sensitive to the small remaining range in which it can hide. In this colloquium, the reasons a Higgs boson
is needed in the Standard Model will be reviewed together with a short history
of past searches for evidence for its existence. Then the most recent results
obtained at the CERN LHC will be explained, showing how close we are to
establishing whether or not the Standard Model Higgs boson exists.
Where: Columbia University Pupin Hall 428
When: July 6th, 2012, 1:00 p.m.