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Title: The Higgs-like Particle Discovery and Beyond: A Global Endeavor
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Charlton, David
Issue Date: 2-Nov-2012
Event Date: 2-Nov-2012
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 EF
Notes: Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Lecture.
Abstract: The Standard Model of fundamental particles and their interactions has been established and verified at a wide range of experiments around the world over the last four decades. However, the sector of this theory which gives masses to particles had not been established experimentally until last year. In the Standard Model, the Higgs mechanism requires a new 'Higgs boson' which should be observable at the Large Hadron Collider, LHC, at CERN in Geneva. As widely reported over the summer, a new boson apparently fitting the description has been found by the two large LHC experiments, ATLAS and CMS, in meticulous analyses. The work leading to the discovery of this 'Higgs-like' boson will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the ATLAS experiment, together with an overview of the observations made, and the next steps in the exploration of this new sector of physics. Some perspectives on the scale and worldwide scope of the experiments will be given.
Prof David Charlton has worked on a range of particle physics collider experiments at CERN, from his PhD work at the CERN proton-antiproton collider, via the LEP electron-positron collider in the 1990's, to the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). At LEP, he worked on a range of precision electroweak physics measurements in the production and decays of Z and W bosons. He also worked on the construction of the silicon-strip tracking detectors for ATLAS, on the installation of its trigger system, and acted as Physics Coordinator of the experiment in the run-up to first LHC collisions. He is now one of the two Deputy Spokespersons of the ATLAS Collaboration, and will be its Spokesperson from March 2013. In addition to the work at CERN, Prof Charlton is also Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Birmingham.
Prof Charlton's research focus is on experimental tests of the mechanisms of electroweak symmetry breaking, hypothesised to be via the so-called Higgs mechanism. These studies should lead to the discovery of new physics – perhaps the much-anticipated Higgs boson – at the LHC during this decade. Prof Charlton is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and has published around 500 publications in total with the ATLAS, OPAL and UA1 Collaborations.
Duration: 73 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
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