CERN was buzzing at the start of July. Physicists on ATLAS and CMS, the two big experiments knew something, but we weren’t talking. Physics spouses made phone calls, only to learn that their friends were equally thwarted. Word that Peter Higgs was sighted in the CERN cafeteria on July 3rd spread like a wildfire. Students queued up overnight for the Higgs seminar like it was a Grateful Dead concert. On July 4th, the world learned that ATLAS and CMS had discovered a Higgs candidate with a π significance of 5 standard deviations (σ)
Professor Joseph M. Izen, one of the UTD Physics faculty who is actively involved in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, will describe how the LHC can create Higgs bosons, how the ATLAS detector was designed to detect Higgs decays, and how ATLAS members are checking whether our 5.9 σ “Higgs-like” object is the Standard Model Higgs boson.
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