Monday, February 18, 2013
Room 306 (Hynes Convention Center)
The Higgs particle has been searched for decades. It is the final jewel in the Standard Model of particle physics, a crowning achievement of 20th century science that gives a powerful understanding of fundamental particles and their interactions. In the Standard Model, the Higgs is the quantum of a field that accounts for the masses of those particles. By the end of 2012, the LHC had provided enough data for a potentially definitive finale in the hunt for the Higgs by the ATLAS and CMS experiments. This talk will review the searches and discuss whether the origin of mass has finally been found.