Dr. Jaehoon Yu, Ph.D.
Professor & Associate Chair
Department of Physics
University of Texas at Arlington
Title: Did We Discover the Higgs Particle?
Abstract: High Energy Physics is a field of physics that pursues understanding the fundamental building blocks of matter and the forces between them. For these, the field uses powerful particle accelerators to probe deeper into ever smaller scales in the universe and complex detectors to analyze the phenomena emerging from the accelerator. One of the fundamental questions in understanding how the universe works is the way the mass is given to all matter in the universe. The mechanism, the Higgs Mechanism, of giving mass to all fundamental particles in the Standard Model of Particle Physics requires one charge neutral, spin 0 scalar particle as its ramification. Searches for this particle has been in the making for about half a century. On July 4th this year, the physicists at the European Center for Nuclear and Particle Physics Research, CERN, Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator complex announced the discovery of a brand new particle. Is this the Higgs Particle sometimes dubbed the "God Particle?". The experiments at the LHC have been making significant progress since the announcement. I will discuss the significance of the discovery, latest results in further searches and determination of the property of the particle, and the expectation for the future.