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Published on Oct 29, 2012
"The Discovery of the Higgs Boson - and New Directions in Physics" Dr. Cliff Burgess - McMaster University (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Origins Institute), Perimeter Institute
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has now been running for several years (after a rocky start), but will shut down for major maintenance early next year. This talk reviews why the start was rocky and how this constrains the physics program over the next few years. It then briefly surveys two things: what is the evidence that this new boson is the Higgs boson; and why theoretical expectations are high for there being more to discover. I will close by telling you why I personally think observations in cosmology imply the LHC will strike paydirt and discover extra dimensions, making quantum gravity an experimental science.