On 4 July 2012, the ATLAS and CMS experiments operating at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) announced the discovery of a new particle compatible with the Higgs boson (hunted for almost 50 years), a crucial piece for our understanding of fundamental physics and the structure and evolution of the universe.
This lecture describes the unprecedented instruments and challenges that have allowed such an accomplishment, the physics meaning and relevance of this discovery, and the implications for our day-by-day life.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
This lecture brought to you by the Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics as part of BrunoFest 2013, a conference in honor of Bruno Zumino’s 90th birthday. More info can be found here.