Seminar to present an update on Higgs boson search

Event Date: 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 9:00am

Event Location: 

  • CERN
Speaker:

Joe Incandela, UCSB Professor of Physics and CMS Spokesperson

Update on Higgs boson search to be presented at CERN seminar by Professor Joe Incandela of UC Santa Barbara Physics Department

The status of the search for the Higgs boson will be presented at a seminar at CERN on July 4 by Professor Joe Incandela, UCSB Professor of Physics and Spokesperson of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment.

The seminar begins at 9 a.m. on July 4 at CERN, which is midnight on July 3 Pacific Daylight Time

CERN is the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva and is the location of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator.

The CMS experment is one of two general?purpose experiments, which operate like giant cameras that record images of the particles produced in high?energy proton-proton collisions. The other experimental collaboration, ATLAS, will also present an update at the joint seminar.

The Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs, one of the theorists who predicted the particle's existence some 50 years ago as part of the explanation for why most of the fundamental particles of matter, such as the electron, have mass. The UCSB High Energy Physics group has a large effort on the CMS experiment, involving some 30 faculty, engineers, postdocs, graduate and undergradaute students. Further details will follow after the seminar.