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2013 Lecture Series on the Nobel Prizes

Nov 22, 2013

The Western Illinois University Department of Physics
Lecture Series on the Nobel Prizes

The Higgs Boson and the Material World
presented by Dr. James Rabchuk, Professor, Department of Physics
Western Illinois University

Friday, December 6 at 4:00 pm in Currens Hall 205

Lecture presented in celebration of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider"

Presentation Abstract:
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to two researchers, Francois Englert and Peter Higgs, for their theoretical work describing the nature of the Higgs mechanism for explaining the masses of the fundamental particles in our universe, as well as the prediction of the so-called Higgs boson, the particle associated with the Higgs field. Their predictions were validated by the recent discovery of the Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland. This discovery confirms and completes what is known as the Standard Model, which embodies our present understanding of the nature of our universe. In this talk, I will summarize what we do understand about the fundamental building blocks of our universe, and why their interactions with the Higgs field are so important.

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