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Getting to grips with Higgs boson


26 March 2013

Professor Sean Carroll's research focuses on fundamental physics and cosmology, especially issues of dark matter, dark energy, and the origin of the universe.
Professor Sean Carroll's research focuses on fundamental physics and cosmology, especially issues of dark matter, dark energy, and the origin of the universe.

"It's as if we have been in one room all of our lives doing physics and the discovery of Higgs is a door into the next room. It will be very interesting to see what's inside," says Sean Carroll.

For decades, particle physicists have searched for the elusive Higgs boson, the missing piece to the 'Standard Model' that explains the world we see.

In July 2012, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva announced that they had found it.

Sean Carroll is a physicist and author and his most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World, published last year.

Professor Carroll will present a Sydney Ideas event at the University of Sydney on 28 March.

"I will explain why the Higgs boson is so important, talk about the enormous challenge physicists overcame to build the LHC and get it running, and consider what the future of particle physics will look like."

A graduate of Harvard, Carroll is now at the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on fundamental physics and cosmology, especially issues of dark matter, dark energy, and the origin of the universe.

Professor Carroll frequently consults for film and television, and has been featured on television shows such as The Colbert Report, PBS's Nova, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.

Co-presented with the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney.


Event details

What: The particle at the end of the universe: The Higgs boson and the future of physics

When: 6 to 7pm, Thursday 28 March

Where: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus 

Cost: Free

Book now online 


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