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Physics Colloquium, "Who cares about the Higgs?" by Dr. Martin Schmaltz, Boston University Department of Physics

Science / Technology - Colloquium

Monday, October 14, 2013
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Olin Hall
223

Abstract: In the Standard Model of particle physics the Higgs field is essential for generating the masses of fundamental particles. The recent discovery of the Higgs particle is therefore a tremendous success for theoretical work which went into the construction of the Standard Model over 40 years ago. Ironically, while the Higgs field beautifully explains the masses of the other particles, the Higg boson mass itself poses a new puzzle: it is plagued by a short distance divergence. I will explain that the origin of this divergence is tied to the vanishing spin of the Higgs boson. I will show how the problem could be avoided in extensions/modifications of the Standard Model and what future experiments can be done to test these ideas.

Short Bio: Prof Schmaltz received his undergraduate education at the University of Goettingen and his PhD at the University of California in San Diego in 1995. After postdoctoral fellowships at Boston University and Stanford, he was a Staff member at Fermilab before joining the Boston University Physics Department in 2001 where he is now a full Professor.

Free food will be served in Olin Hall 208 at 3:30 P.M.

Cost: FREE

Suggested Audiences: College

E-mail: physics@wpi.edu
Phone: 508-831-5258

Last Modified: October 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

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