Big Bang Machine

Explore the deepest mysteries of the early universe and the quest to find the Higgs Boson. Airing January 14, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Aired January 14, 2015 on PBS

Program Description

On July 4, 2012, scientists at the giant atom smashing facility at CERN announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that seems like a tantalizingly close match to the elusive Higgs Boson, thought to be responsible for giving all the stuff in the universe its mass. Since it was first proposed nearly fifty years ago, the Higgs has been the holy grail of particle physicists: in finding it they validate the “standard model” that underlies all of modern physics and open the door to new discoveries when CERN’s giant collider switches on at higher power in 2015.

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Chris Schmidt
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J. Adam Fenster
University of Rochester
Wammes Waggel
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Peter Higgs
University of Edinburgh
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Hunt for the Higgs
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© 2012 BBC for Hunt for the Higgs

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Participants

Jon Butterworth
University College London
Sean Carroll
California Institute of Technology
Adam Davison
University College London
Lyn Evans
CERN
Melissa Franklin
Harvard University/ATLAS Experiment
S. James Gates, Jr.
University of Maryland
Fabiola Gianotti
CERN/ATLAS Experiment
Peter Higgs
University Edinburgh
Joe Incandela
CERN/CMS Experiment
Michio Kaku
City College of New York
Don Lincoln
Fermilab
Joseph Lykken
Fermilab
Lisa Randall
Harvard University
Mick Storr
CERN
Steven Weinberg
University of Texas at Austin
Frank Wilczek
MIT

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