Even after decades of glorious experiments in particle physics, we still don't know why particles have mass. Our best guess is the Higgs mechanism - the single part of the standard model yet to be experimentally tested. I'll try to explain the problem with mass in the Standard Model and the Higgs solution, using ideas from undergraduate electromagnetism and classical mechanics. I'll also describe how we hope to test the Higgs mechanism uning data from the experiments starting now at the Larfe Hadron Collider.Coffee and snacks will be available, so bring a mug!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The November Coffee Talk Colloquium will be held this Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 7:00 PM in Herzberg 2445. Dr. Heather Logan will be presenting on the Mystery of Mass. Abstract below