Show: Future Talk

Episode: 0034 Future Talk - The Higgs Boson

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The recent discovery of the Higgs boson is probably the most important development in particle physics in the past several decades. First postulated by British scientist Peter Higgs in 1964, the Higgs boson and its boson field are believed to be what enables other particles to have mass, and it was considered to be a crucial missing piece in the world of particle physics. It was discovered at CERN, the huge nuclear research facility near Geneva, Switzerland, with its Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator, containing a circular ring over five miles in diameter. As part of the Atlas Experiment which found the Higgs boson, two streams of protons were accelerated to nearly the speed of light but going in opposite directions around the ring. The resulting head on collisions released enormous amounts of energy which ultimately revealed the Higgs boson.
This episode features three guests talking about different aspects of the Higgs boson and the broader world of particle physics research. Su Dong is an experimental particle physicist and head of the Atlas Experiment group at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, also know as SLAC, which is one of many scientific institutions collaborating on the Atlas Experiment. Peter Graham is a theoretical particle physicist who has worked at SLAC and is now at the Stanford Physics Department, where he's already made some important contributions to particle theory. Val O'Shea, an electronics engineer at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, has worked on the Atlas Experiment for the past 20 years, and was interviewed remotely for the show via Skype. The focus of the show is on presenting complex scientific ideas in a way that can easily be understood by people who have no technical training.
In addition to discussing the Higgs boson and our current understanding of the most basic substances in the universe, the show also discusses some of the practical benefits of research at CERN. For example, the World Wide Web was invented at CERN as a way for scientists in distant locations to communicate their latest findings with each other. Overall, the show gives a very interesting glimpse into the world of high energy physics and its impact on our society. Martin Wasserman hosts.

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