Work at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider will provide definitive and much-anticipated answers about the elusive Higgs boson within the next year, and Tim M.P. Tait, a theoretical high-energy physicist and , will discuss the importance of this research during the May 14 SLAC Colloquium. Tait’s talk, “Why Look for the Higgs?” begins at 4:15 pm in Panofsky Auditorium, with refreshments served beforehand at 3:45 pm.
A former researcher at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, Tait is currently an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California-Irvine. On Monday, he will review the Higgs particle’s place in the Standard Model.
The Higgs boson is theorized to provide mass for all other fundamental particles, and the Standard Model will require more tweaking if the Higgs boson is not found. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN, has predicted that LHC will detect a neutral Higgs boson by the end of 2012.
Tait has also been a member of the physics faculty at Northwestern University; and in 2011, he served as director for the Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Elementary Particle Physics (TASI) at the University of Colorado, in Boulder.
SLAC colloquia are intended for a general audience and are free and open to the public.