Monday, February 18, 2013: 9:45 AM-11:15 AM
Room 306 (Hynes Convention Center)By the time of the AAAS meeting in 2013, the almost 50-year wait to find out whether the Standard Model Higgs particle exists will be over. Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will either have turned the hints reported by both the LHC and Tevatron experiments in 2011 and early 2012 into a definitive discovery, or they will have ruled out the existence of a Standard Model Higgs. This session will analyze the significance of this result through three talks. The first will discuss the significance of the discovery, or not, of the boson; the second will look at the accomplishments of the LHC experiments; and the third will review the searches for the Higgs boson. A discussant will then bring all three together to consider the future experimental Higgs program, looking forward to the next steps in fully understanding the mechanism that gives rise to the masses of the fundamental particles.
James Gillies, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Joseph Kroll, University of Pennsylvania