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SLAC Colloquium—Why Look for the Higgs?

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Published on Jul 3, 2012

Lecture Date: Monday, June 18, 2012. Work at CERN's Large Hadron Collider is expected to provide definitive and much-anticipated answers about the elusive Higgs boson within the next year. Here, theoretical high-energy physicist Tim M.P. Tait discusses the importance of this research.

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.

A former researcher at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, Tait will review the place of the Higgs subparticle in the Standard Model. Tait is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of California-Irvine.

Tait has also served as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics 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, Colo. Lecturer: Tim Tait, UC Irvine.

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