Monthly Archives: May 2012

The God Particle

How close can we get to solve the mystery?

In other words / what are we really made of..!

Higgs Boson Explained by Cartoon:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120501.html

Explanation:
What is all this fuss about the Higgs boson? The physics community is abuzz that a fundamental particle expected by the largely successful Standard Model of particle physics may be soon be found by the huge Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Europe. The term boson refers to a type of fundamental particle with similarities to the photon, while Higgs refers to Peter Higgs, a physicist who among others published research predicting the mechanism through which such a particle might act. The above animated cartoon explains in humorous but impressive detail why the Higgs boson is expected, and one method that the Large Hadron Collider is using to find it. Although some rumors hint that preliminary traces of the Higgs boson are already being found, even not finding this unusual particle would open the door to a new fundamental understanding of how our universe works.

Dawn of the Large Hadron Collider
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap080225.html

Large Hadron Rap:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j50ZssEojtM

 

If you like to learn more about this amazing experiment, the following Link is a Podcast [18 minutes] with Tejinder Virdee, CERN Physicist. Interviewed by Jim al-Khalili on BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/discovery

 

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