Oxford’s work in the Higgs boson-like particle discovery

Dr Alan Barr explains all in this podcast – http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/higgs-boson-particle-discovery-claimed-large-hadron-collider-audio

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider claim the discovery of a particle believed to be the long-sought Higgs boson.

Dr Alan Barr

Alan Barr of Oxford University’s Department of Physics, UK physics coordinator for LHC’s ATLAS experiment, describes what the world’s highest energy particle accelerator saw, Oxford’s role in the research and what it means for science.

“If this particle really is the Higgs boson, then we will have precise knowledge about the particles and forces of the Standard Model. That really deserves something of a celebration. But we should be cautious. Remember that, if the astronomers are correct, Standard Model particles make up only about 5% of the contents of the universe.

The “Dark Matter” and “Dark Energy” which are believed to control the evolution of the universe as a whole have never yet been made in the lab. Understanding this other 95% of the universe is an exciting prospect, and is sure to exercise the combined intellects and technological prowess of new astronomers and particle physicists for many decades to come.

With luck, the first clues may come in the next few years, as we turn up the LHC to even higher energies and probe even further into new and undiscovered terrain”.

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