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Our Higgs

3 Jul 2013, 13:23 UTC
Our Higgs
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On July 4, 2012 — one year ago tomorrow — much of the world united in celebrating a result in fundamental science: the discovery of the Higgs boson. Even publications and television shows that rarely cover anything scientific ran Higgs boson pieces. A few commenters (including me) cautioned that this discovery was of a “Higgs-like […]

Attendees of the Phenomenology 2013 symposium at the University of Pittsburgh. Look for the bowler hat…. [Credit: the website doesn't list a photographer name, so please help identify if you can]On July 4, 2012 — one year ago tomorrow — much of the world united in celebrating a result in fundamental science: the discovery of the Higgs boson. Even publications and television shows that rarely cover anything scientific ran Higgs boson pieces. A few commenters (including me) cautioned that this discovery was of a “Higgs-like particle”, but over time and with more data, that caution gave way to assurance: we confidently say now that researchers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) found the Higgs boson.
Or did they? The successful theory of particles and their interactions – the creatively named Standard Model – provides a single Higgs boson, but other models may contain more ...

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