SLAC colloquium examines elusive Higgs boson on May 14

by Contributed Content on May 11, 2012

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.

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G Srinivasan May 12, 2012 at 6:50 am

It is odd that a particle is needed to provides mass. General and Special Relativity searched for the critical matter density in space in order to decide if the Universe is expanding or contracting, Would not the critical matter density provide the Higgs function? The straying away from rigorous logic is bound to happen if any theory is not founded on an axiomatic base.

There is a theory based on numerical axioms that derives the mass of all stable states, particles, atoms, molecules, stellar bodies , planets and Galaxies from axiomatic principles based on a single law of interaction. It
also establishes the cause of fundamental dynamism that keeps the Universe in perpetual action by the same principle. Would scientists all such a theory to be recognised ? I wonder because if all answers can be calculated
then the trillion dollar funding to continue useless experiments will stop.
However they can still see this extroardinary theory on website
and even get more answers through mere calculations fr the host of problems science facing today from


B.G.Sidharth May 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

In continuation, the question should be asked, What if the Higgs is not found? This is not improbable. An answer could be that if we move away from smooth spacetime as in Standard Theory and consider Fuzzy space time, we can show that this itself provides a mass mechanism, besides answering several other awkward problems.


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