But it’s not over yet. Now we’ve found the Higgs boson, what’s next?
Lyn Evans, dubbed ‘Evans the Atom’ by the Welsh press, led the construction of the LHC. He was there to switch it on in 2008 and he was in Geneva last week to hear the results of its search.
He’s now working on designs for the next generation of atom-smashers as the International Committee for Future Accelerators considers sites in Japan, America, Russia and Western Europe.
William Trischuk – who reckons $10 million worth of diamonds is ‘dirt cheap’
New machines will have to cope with extreme heat and pressure. William is using diamonds to make new types of detectors for use in “extreme radiation conditions” in the LHC.
The search for dark matter – underground and out in space Now that the LHC has found the Higgs boson, scientists will use it to search directly for dark matter, as astrophysicists look into space to looks for evidence of its existence.
Mark Trodden – a self-described ‘particle cosmologist’
We know dark matter makes up the bulk of the universe, but we’re not sure why. We can’t see it, but we know it’s there. Understanding dark matter and dark energy will help us to understand gravity and the expansion of the universe.
Karen Gibson – who’s looking for dark matter in an abandoned gold mine
Karen’s putting a tank of freezing gas deep underground in an abandoned gold mine. She needs to block out all the background radiation and other particles so that she can recognise the signs of dark matter.
Press briefing details and background information We’re holding daily press briefings at 8am and 6pm.
All our press briefings are in Plenary 3, at the Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf. We are also hosting a media room upstairs for accredited media.
These press briefings and all of this week’s plenary sessions will be live-streamed at the conference press website if you can’t make it to the Melbourne Convention Centre. There’s no need to register for that – it will be freely available via the conference media website.
On the conference media website, http://press.highenergyphysicsmedia.com, we have: photos and videos of the Higgs announcement: abstracts and program timetables; background information; and copies of any press releases and briefing materials we put out.
And later this week, we’ll hear about: underground telescopes in Antarctica; charm quarks and charmonium; the possibility of multiple Higgs bosons; and leaders from CERN, Fermilab, KEK (Japan) and IHEP (China) will tell us what’s next – what we will be hearing about in two years, five years, ten years and beyond.
Media contact: Niall Byrne
+61 417 131 977