IOP Lancashire & Cumbria: The Discovery of a Higgs Boson: relief, excitement plus future anticipation

Dr Harald Fox, Lancaster University

Wednesday 19 February 2014, 1840-1940
George Fox Building

Last November Peter Higgs and Francois Englert were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for discovering the symmetry breaking mechanism that gives mass to all particles. This event followed the discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the LHC at CERN on 4 July, 2012. To get there scientists had to build the largest and most complex experiment ever, overcome an explosion and analyze 130 Peta-Bytes of data - enough to fill 20 million DVDs. In this talk I will review why the Higgs boson is so important and how we finally discovered it, 48 years after it had been predicted.