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The Higgs Boson Unleashed

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Series

In this colloquium, I will review the motivation for the invention of the Higgs Boson and explain why it has taken so long to discover. The future prospects for confirming the newly discovered particle as the Higgs boson will be considered.

Howard Haber
Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics
Department of Physics
UC Santa Cruz

On July 4, 2012, the ATLAS and CMS experimental collaborations announced the discovery of a new boson at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, which exhibits properties that resemble the long sought after Higgs boson. This particle was first proposed in 1964, and it has been part of the so-called Standard Model of particle physics since 1967. In this colloquium, I will review the motivation for the invention of the Higgs boson and explain why it has taken so long to discover. The future prospects for confirming the newly discovered particle as the Higgs boson will be considered.