The Higgs boson: The Holy Grail of Particle Physics [SOLD OUT]
Dr Harald Fox, Department of Physics, Lancaster University
Tuesday 16 October 2012, 1900-2000
The Storey Institute, Lancaster
Decades ago, physicists invented an ingenious trick to construct a theoretical model of how particles interact with each other - it was a particle called the Higgs boson. The resulting "standard model" revolutionised physics and has become one of the most successful and well tested theories in history. But for 48 years, nobody was able to observe the Higgs boson and experimental proof of its existence became the Holy Grail of particle physics. In a flurry of excitement during the summer of 2012, researchers announced that the Higgs boson may finally have been found at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. Particle physicist Dr Harald Fox looks at the evidence and considers the implications of this historic discovery.
Making Waves - Physics for All
This autumn, the University's Department of Physics will host it's inaugural programme of public lectures in Lancaster City Centre. Entitled "Making Waves", the series of six lectures will showcase the cutting edge research that takes place in the UK's top-rated physics department. From the smallest subatomic particles, to the daunting scale of the cosmos, from the lowest temperatures possible to the super-heated atmosphere of the Sun, Lancaster physicists will take you on a journey through our understanding of the Universe.
Tickets are free and available online.