JESS seminar: Higgs Particles, 12 p.m., West 133
"Particle Physics at the Cutting Edge & Discovery of the Higgs Particle"
This year’s Nobel prize for physics was awarded to two theorists, Higgs and Englert, for predicting the mechanism, the so-called Higgs mechanism, that explains the origin of mass of elementary particles. The prize did not come unexpected to the physics community, given that the particle, the Higgs Boson, associated with the mechanism was discovered at CERN, Switzerland, in 2012 as a result of decades of work of thousands of physicists in two separate experiments, which the speaker was a part of.
In this talk, the speaker will describe not only the Higgs mechanism and its particle, but also (and perhaps even more so) the state-of-the-art accelerator and detector systems as well as the nature of the collaborations of the two experiments that made this discovery possible. There is no prerequisite reading for attending the talk.
The speaker, however, is unsure whether reading Dan Brown's Angels and Demons will help with the material at all or not.
Muge Karagoz got her Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University on her work using high-energy proton anti-proton collisions at Fermilab's CDF experiment. She conducted research at the ATLAS experiment which collects data from the current highest energy proton collisions at CERN in Switzerland. Before moving to Richland, she taught a general Astronomy course at Chaminade University, Hawaii.
The Joint Engineering and Science Seminar (JESS) series is an interdisciplinary effort of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Professional Programs at WSU Tri-Cities. Admission is free and open to the public; graduate students, post-docs and professionals are especially encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Yonas Demissie
Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Nikolaos Voulgarakis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics