December 2012 Science Under the Dome


Friday, December 7th at 7:00 PM WSU Physicist, Professor Robert Harr presented:




Professor Rob Harr. Above right: Image of an event with a candidate Higgs to ZZ to 4 muons decay.  The muons penetrate to the outermost part of the detector, the muon chambers. The light red boxes indicate the chambers with signals. The Wayne State group has responsibilities for operation of muon chambers.

An RSVP is required for this free lecture. 

We are on the verge of finding the last, elusive piece of the theory of particle physics, the Higgs boson. It has taken more than 40 years since its existence was predicted to arrive at this point. The Higgs boson is unique among the particles of the theory. The prediction of its existence rests on some basic principles about the structure of our world. 

I will discuss these principles and some of their implications, discuss the experiments undertaken to search for the Higgs boson, and present the recent evidence produced for its existence. 
While the discovery of the Higgs boson will complete the existing theory of particle physics, it also points the way to new discoveries awaiting us. I will discuss some of the possibilities being pursued in laboratories around the world.

- Professor Rob Harr



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