Particle physicists study the most elementary particles and how they interact. While our understanding of nature at this level has been on solid footing for many decades, one fundamental question remained unanswered: how do elementary particles get their mass? Almost 50 years ago, a theoretical solution to this question was proposed, which predicted the existence of a new fundamental particle - now called the Higgs boson. The quest for direct experimental observation of this particle has been arguably the hottest topic in particle physics in the last 20 years.
In this talk I will cover the rationale for the existence of the Higgs particle and the exciting journey that has led to the discovery of a new particle by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in 2012.
Talk Begins 19:30
Car park near the William Penney theatre.
The theatre entrance can be found on the A340 Basingstoke to Newbury road, just before the Heath End Roundabout at Tadley.
Tea/Coffee and Biscuits will be served from 19:00. The lecture is open to all, including non-members.