The Search for the Higgs Boson:
Why it is important
Department of Physics
The Ohio State University
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
A search is underway at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) for the so-called Higgs boson, a subatomic particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics and the only such particle not yet observed. At a recent CERN colloquium it was announced that two experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider had given indications — not certainty — that the Higgs boson may exist.
Most major news outlets had stories, of varying accuracy, about this development. This Science Café will, we hope, give enough background for people to understand why the search is underway and to understand its importance to particle physics.
Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.