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Title: OPPENHEIMER LECTURE: The Higgs Particle: Pivot Of Symmetry And Mass    (Special)
Start Date: 04/09/2012
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Chevron Auditorium, International House
Speaker: Gerardus 't Hooft
Affiliation: Professor of Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034

Our theoretical understanding of the sub-atomic world would not be complete without the Higgs particle.

Sometimes called "The God Particle", this very special particle generates the differences between the fundamental particles and it gives them mass, but until shortly it went undetected.

Of course, in science we use different words. In this lecture it is explained what this mysterious object really is and why it is needed in our theories, even if it has little to do with God. Using the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, the LHC, physicists for the first time have the tools to produce and observe this particle in detail. Is it as it was predicted? Are there whole families of Higgs particles?

The LHC has not yet reached its full power. Will it provide us with more clues or mysteries about the sub-atomic world?