CUNY's Institute for Theoretical Sciences discusses the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle.
In July, researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, announced that they found convincing evidence of a new particle called the Higgs boson, using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator. Sometimes called the "god particle," the Higgs boson is a sub-atomic particle that is a building block of the universe. Kyle Cranmer, Assistant Professor of Physics at New York University, and Neal Weiner, Associate Professor of Physics at New York University, discuss how scientists made the discovery and why it is significant. The NYU Experimental High Energy Physics group has been a key part of a world-wide collaboration in the search for the Higgs boson.
Kyle Cranmer is Assistant Professor of Physics at New York University.
Neal Weiner received his undergraduate degree in physics and math from Carleton College in 1996, and his PhD in physics at UC Berkeley with Lawrence Hall his advisor. He was a postdoc at the University of Washigton from 2000 to 2004, joining the CCPP at NYU in the fall of 2004. He has broad interests in particle physics and cosmology. His focus is generally on physics beyond the standard model. In this broad field, his work has included studies of extra dimensional theories (large, small, warped and flat), supersymmetry, grand unification, flavor, neutrino mass, dark matter, inflation and dark energy, as well as relationships between the different subjects.