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The Higgs boson: a massive discovery
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<p>If it looks like the Higgs... and it smells like the Higgs... have we finally found it? Most physicists agree it's safe to say we've finally observed the elusive Higgs boson. And perhaps that is not all....</p>
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If it looks like the Higgs... and it smells like the Higgs... have we finally found it? "As a layman I would say we have it," said Rolf Heuer, Director General of <a href="http://public.web.cern.ch/public/">CERN</a>. "Do you agree?" he asked the audience at the historic seminar this morning announcing the latest results from the <a href="http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/lhc/lhcen.html">Large Hadron Collider</a> (LHC). The rapturous applause can only mean one thing – yes, we have finally observed the Higgs boson.
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Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:22:34 +0000
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Breaking symmetry
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<p>Physicists love symmetry, but they get even more excited about symmetry breaking. They even believe that many of the features of the world we live in are a result of it. What do they mean by that?</p>
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<p>Talk to a physicist about symmetry and you'll probably see their eyes light up. Symmetry plays an important role in physics. That seems reasonable, given that many objects in the physical world — planets, people, plants — are roughly symmetrical. But physicists get equally excited about <em>symmetry breaking</em>. They even believe that many of the features of the world we live in are a result of it. What on Earth do they mean by that? To understand the idea, let's start with crystals.</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/breakingsymmetry" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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Tue, 20 May 2014 09:32:53 +0000
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Life after the Higgs boson
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<p>We might have found the Higgs boson, but the search for new physics at the LHC isn't over yet.</p>
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Tue, 13 May 2014 08:47:35 +0000
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Picture perfect
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<p>In 2004 three physicists decided to dabble in a field they knew little about. Within weeks they had developed a new technique that transforms weeks' worth of computer calculations into something that could be done on a single page in an hour. It's used in particle accelerators such as the LHC at CERN.</p>
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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:07:34 +0000
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Breaking news: The 2013 Nobel prize in physics
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<p>The 2013 Nobel prize in physics goes to Peter Higgs and François Englert for proposing the mechanism that gives things mass.</p>
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"It is only slightly overstating the case that physics is the study of symmetry", said Philip Warren Anderson, the 1977 Physics Nobel laureate. But, as in a beautiful picture or a striking face, an absence of symmetry can be just as important. François Englert and Peter Higgs have been awarded the <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/">2013 Nobel prize in physics</a> for explaining a broken symmetry at the heart of our understanding of particle physics.
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Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:50:46 +0000
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Secret symmetry and the Higgs boson (Part II)
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<p>In the <a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/secretsymmetryandhiggsbosonparti">first part</a> of this article we explored Landau's theory of phase transitions in materials such as magnets. We now go on to see how this theory formed the basis of the Higgs mechanism, which postulates the existence of the mysterious Higgs boson and explains how the particles that make up our Universe came to have mass.</p> </div>
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<p><em>In the <a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/secretsymmetryandhiggsbosonparti">first part</a> of this article we explored Landau's theory of phase transitions in materials such as magnets. We now go on to see how this theory formed the basis of the Higgs mechanism, which postulates the existence of the mysterious Higgs boson and explains how the particles that make up our Universe came to have mass.</em></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/secretsymmetryandhiggsbosonpartii" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:08:35 +0000
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Secret symmetry and the Higgs boson (Part I)
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It's official: the notorious Higgs boson has been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The Higgs is a subatomic particle whose existence was predicted by theoretical physics. Also termed the <em>god particle</em>, the Higgs boson is said to have given other particles their mass. But how did it do that? In this twopart article we explore the socalled <em>Higgs mechanism</em>, starting with the humble bar magnet and ending with a dramatic transformation of the early Universe. </div>
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<p>It's official: the notorious Higgs boson has been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The Higgs is a subatomic particle whose existence was predicted by theoretical physics. Also termed the <em>god particle</em>, the Higgs boson is said to have given other particles their mass. But how did it do that? In this twopart article we explore the socalled <em>Higgs mechanism</em>, starting with the humble bar magnet and ending with a dramatic transformation of the early Universe.</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/secretsymmetryandhiggsbosonparti" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:07:35 +0000
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Hooray for Higgs!
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<p>"It's a great day for particle physics," says <a href="http://users.hepforge.org/~allanach/">Ben Allanach</a>, a theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge. "It's very exciting, I think we're on the verge of the Higgs discovery." And indeed, it seems like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN has given particle physics an early Christmas present — compelling evidence that the famous Higgs boson exists.
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<p>"It's a great day for particle physics," says <a href="http://users.hepforge.org/~allanach/">Ben Allanach</a>, a theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge. "It's very exciting, I think we're on the verge of the Higgs discovery."
Allanach talks after a webcast from <a href="http://public.web.cern.ch/public/">CERN</a>, which held physicists at the University of Cambridge enthralled in complete silence for nearly two hours.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/hoorayhiggsedit0" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:28:48 +0000
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Countdown to the Higgs?
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<p>Are we close to finding the Higgs? Ben Allanach explains it is not about catching a glimpse of the beast itself, but instead keeping a careful count of the evidence it leaves behind.</p>
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In July there was a surge of excitement that the Higgs boson was <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/jul/22/cernhiggsbosongodparticle">about to be revealed</a>. But now, just a few short months later, it seems that the press are ready to give up on the search.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/countdownhiggs" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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LHC
particle physics
standard model
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:27:08 +0000
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What's happening at the LHC?
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<p>It's been nearly 18 months since the Large
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cosmic mysteries it was designed to explore. But when can we realistically
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<p>This week CERN <a href="http://press.web.cern.ch/press/PressReleases/Releases2011/PR01.11E.html">announced</a> that the Large
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"If LHC continues to improve in 2011 as it did in 2010, we've got a very exciting year ahead of us," said CERN's Director for Accelerators and Technology, Steve Myers. "The signs are that we should be able to increase the data collection rate by at least a factor of three over the course of this year."</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/whatshappeninglhc" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:50:39 +0000
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Particle hunting at the LHC
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It's hard to avoid CERN these days. Last year's successful switchon of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, followed by a blowout which is currently being fixed, sparked widespread media coverage, and currently CERN stars in the Tom Hanks movie Angels and Demons. So what goes on at CERN and why the hubbub about the Large Hadron Collider, known as the LHC? <b>Ben Allanach</b> investigates. </div>
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Born from broken symmetry
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higgs boson
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Nobel prize
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Thu, 09 Oct 2008 23:00:00 +0000
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The LHC for dummies
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<p>The world's biggest physics experiment is due to kick off on September the 10th, when the <a href="http://public.web.cern.ch/public/Welcome.html">European Organisation for Nuclear Research</a> (CERN) switches on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Never being one to miss out on such exciting events, <i>Plus</i> has put together a short guide for beginners.</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/lhcdummies" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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higgs boson
LHC
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Thu, 04 Sep 2008 23:00:00 +0000
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Quantum geometry
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One of the many strange ideas from quantum mechanics is that space isn't continuous but consists of tiny chunks. Ordinary geometry is useless when it comes to dealing with such a space, but algebra makes it possible to come up with a model of spacetime that might do the trick. And it can all be tested by a satellite. <b>Shahn Majid</b> met up with <i>Plus</i> to explain. </div>
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The search for Higgs
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<p>Tantalising evidence for the existence of a fundamental particle, which has been predicted but never observed, won for the world's largest particle collider a brief stay of execution, but was not enough to save it.</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/searchhiggs" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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