On 4 July, 2012, the ATLAS experiment presented a preview of its updated results on the search for the Higgs Boson. The results were shown at a seminar held jointly at CERN and via video link at ICHEP, the International Conference for High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Australia, where detailed analyses will be presented later this week. At CERN, preliminary results were presented to scientists on site and via webcast to their colleagues located in hundreds of institutions around the world.
The AusSMC’s background briefing on Wednesday morning is a physical event at the Melbourne Convention Centre and will also be available online.
START TIME: 11am AEST.
DURATION: Approx 45 min
VENUE: Melbourne CBD (also available online)
Like most things in particle physics, Australia’s role in the hunt for the Higgs boson can be described as a tiny yet integral part of a grand process.
Australian scientists helped to build key parts of the ATLAS detector, one of two general purpose detectors positioned around the 27km loop of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
There are around 3,000 physicists, engineers and researchers undertaking post-doctoral studies who work directly on the ATLAS experiment. This includes, at any one time, about 30 personnel from Australia.
“ATLAS’ main reason for existence is the search for the Higgs boson,” explains Associate Professor Kevin Varvell from the University of Sydney and Sydney Node Director for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP).
Have we found the Higgs boson?
Find out if we have, and why it matters, this Wednesday at 6 pm in a joint press conference in Melbourne and Geneva.
There’s been international speculation about the result including articles in the New York Times, Guardian, SMH, Age, Fin Review, Herald Sun and others. And Australian scientists from Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide have played a role.
But no one knows the result until the black box is opened and the data from two huge experiments at the Large Hadron Collider are combined.
The $10 billion LHC is buried under the Swiss-French border. There scientists have been searching for a hypothetical subatomic particle, known as the Higgs boson, that is needed to complete the Standard Model of our Universe.
Have we found the Higgs boson? Find out in Melbourne on Wed 4 July at the International Conference for High Energy Physics
Deep under the French-Swiss border, particle physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider have been looking for the Higgs boson - a subatomic particle which may or may not exist.
If they find the Higgs, then the Standard Model of physics is correct. But if they don't find it, or if they find something they didn't expect... it's back to the drawing board.
We'll find out on Wednesday 4 July when physicists gather in Melbourne for the 36th International Conference for High Energy Physics.
At 5 pm AEST on 4 July CERN will deliver the latest update in the search for the Higgs at a seminar and press conference held jointly in Geneva and Melbourne via a live two-way link.
At the Melbourne end, we'll be holding a series of briefings in the lead-up to the announcement.
Posted on behalf of CERN
Geneva, 22 June 2012. CERN* will hold a scientific seminar at 9:00CEST on 4 July to deliver the latest update in the search for the Higgs boson. At this seminar, coming on the eve of this year’s major particle physics conference, ICHEP, in Melbourne, the ATLAS and CMS experiments will deliver the preliminary results of their 2012 data analysis.