The Mystery Of The Higgs Boson

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On 4th of July 2019, the dis­cov­ery of the Higgs boson has its 7th anniver­sary.

Though seven years later, this cru­cial ele­men­tary par­ti­cle has lost noth­ing of its fas­ci­na­tion.
It remains in the spot­light of research and physics con­fer­ences and is still a favorite topic in the media.

Since this boson - also referred to as the “God par­ti­cle“ - was the­o­ret­i­cally pre­dicted by physi­cists Peter Higgs, François Englert, and oth­ers in the 1960s, the exper­i­men­tal proof of the Higgs par­ti­cle was some­thing like the search for the Holy Grail of par­ti­cle physics for almost half a cen­tury.

In 2012, this era came to an end with the announce­ment of the dis­cov­ery of the Higgs boson at CERN. In the fol­low­ing year, Peter Higgs and François Englert were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their the­o­ret­i­cal works which had fas­ci­nated gen­er­a­tions of par­ti­cle physi­cists.

With the con­fir­ma­tion of the Higgs boson’s exis­tence by the ATLAS and CMS exper­i­ments at CERN’s LHC par­ti­cle col­lider, the the­ory of the stan­dard model of par­ti­cle physics could be com­pleted. The Higgs boson and the even more exotic Higgs field pro­vide the answer to one of the most fun­da­men­tal ques­tions of par­ti­cle physics: How does mat­ter obtain mass?

Although the under­ly­ing the­o­ries are noto­ri­ously abstract and might strike the layper­son and non-​expert as a mys­tery, the Higgs boson has become a sort of pop star of physics world­wide over the decades.

In this Sci­ence­Quest edi­tion, we want to unveil the mys­tery of the Higgs boson and give you some deeper insights into the the­o­ret­i­cal con­cepts and ideas that have led to its dis­cov­ery and beyond. You will be pro­vided with a work­ing knowl­edge and pro­found basics to advance fur­ther into the sub­ject.

You'll get an intro­duc­tion into par­ti­cle physics, the stan­dard model, quan­tum the­ory and quan­tum field the­ory, sym­me­tries and the mech­a­nism of spon­ta­neous sym­me­try break­ing which is cru­cial for the under­stand­ing of the Higgs boson. You will find out about the par­ti­cle physics under­way at the LHC and how the dis­cov­ery of the Higgs boson could actu­ally be achieved.

Besides that and more, you’ll get an idea of new physics beyond the stan­dard model and what to expect in the future.

The "Mys­tery of the Higgs boson" is avail­able as Kin­dle® Edi­tion !

The ebook is also avail­able in Ger­man!

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