Mittwoch, 29. September 2010
Higgs up
Recently I have attended a small conference about extreme events. It was interesting. I also met a person from CERN - a particle physicist. If I understood her correctly she investigates the accidents that stop the experiments as happened shortly after starting (it is not about black holes).

I remember that during my studies (ten years ago or so) I had to prepare a presentation about the Higgs Boson - it was a complete disaster. I think I got the worst possible grade without failing. However, at the time the justification for building LHC was the goal of finding this "God particle". Now she told me that the major aim of LHC is not Higgs anymore.
In wikipedia it says: "The Large Hadron Collider was built [...] with the intention of testing various predictions of high-energy physics, including the existence of the hypothesized Higgs boson and of the large family of new particles predicted by supersymmetry."

She told me - pretty certain - that proving the existence of the Higgs boson is not the (primary) intention of LHC anymore. Now I am confused ... who cares?

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