Higgs@10: Ten years of the Higgs Boson

Monday 4 July 2022, 7 – 9pm, Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, University of Oxford.

A series of short talks on the Higgs Boson by Oxford particle physicists, followed by a general discussion and Q&A.

Ten years ago, on 4 July 2012, particle physicists gathered at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland to hear the news the discovery of a new particle, soon confirmed to be the Higgs Boson. On the anniversary date, join members of Oxford University Department of Physics to celebrate this discovery and a decade of research into this fundamental particle.

Learn how it was conceived by Professor Peter Higgs and why it became a key part of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Hear the story of the decades-long search from researchers working on the ATLAS and CMS experiments. We will hear from researchers studying the Higgs through some of the particle pairs it decays into: W bosons, b quarks, and muons.

Join us for a discussion on what we have learnt about the Higgs since its discovery and how it is being used to probe for new scientific phenomena and could solve further mysteries in fundamental physics.

Draft programme

6:30 Tea and coffee served outside Martin Wood Lecture Theatre.

7:00 Introduction, Ian Shipsey

From the Tevatron searches to the LHC discovery - Daniela Bortoletto

The role of Higgs decays to W bosons in the 2012 discovery - Chris Hays

Observing Higgs decays to b quarks in 2018 - Elisabeth Schopf

First indications of a rare Higgs decay in 2020 - Miha Zgubic

Why the Higgs is important - Gavin Salam (TBC)

8:00 Q&A with audience and general panel discussion on the role of the Higgs in past, present, and future particle physics research

9:00 End

The event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel.

Thanks to the Institute of Physics for sponsoring the event.


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