higgs field

  • Installing the ATLAS calorimeter at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Photo Courtesy of CERN
    February 19, 2014   BY Rebecca Jacobson 

    Theoretical physicist David Kaplan spent seven years filming the hunt for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. “Particle Fever” captures the sheer excitement the moments before the collider first turned on and the distress in the control room when a helium leak brought research to a temporary stop. Theoretical physicists feared they would never see proof that this particle, the lynchpin of the standard model of particle physics, existed. Continue reading

  • September 10, 2008  

    In an effort to understand some of the basic tenets of physics, scientists and engineers fired a beam of protons around a 17-mile tunnel Wednesday — a successful first run for the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Brian Greene, host of the PBS series “Elegant Universe,” explains the feat. Continue reading