Special Issue "Symmetry in Higgs Boson Discovery and LHC"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2023) | Viewed by 388

Special Issue Editor

School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
Interests: experimental particle physics; Higgs bosons; relativistic heavy-ion collisions; quark-gluon plasma

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Symmetry plans to publish a Special Issue on the 10th anniversary of the Higgs boson discovery and I will serve as the Guest Editor. I present here an overview of the content. Details on your specific contribution will be requested separately.

On July 4th, 2012, a special physics seminar was held in the CERN Amphitheatre with a direct video feed to a major particle physics conference in Melbourne, Australia. Media were invited to attend and a live stream was made available for the public. It was a typical CERN seminar, featuring talks by the spokespersons of the CMS and ATLAS experiments on the Large Hadron Collider. They included descriptions of detector components, data checks, analysis methods, plots, Comic Sans font, and hundreds of PowerPoint slides. However, by the end of the week, tv, radio, newspapers, magazines, and journals around the world featured cover stories on the results, and over 1 billion people saw video from the feed. Why?

After decades of searching, the ATLAS and CMS Experiments had found clear evidence of the existence of a new boson, behaving exactly as predicted by theorists Robert Brout, François Englert, and Peter Higgs in 1964. The existence of the boson would validate their theory, which provided a mechanism to break symmetry in the early universe, giving mass to elementary particles. The boson was a vital missing component of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and its discovery not only allowed researchers to confirm the model, but provided them with an important opportunity to search for physics beyond the model, by carefully investigating its properties and behavior in LHC data for years to come.

This Special Issue will examine the theory behind the Higgs boson, the accelerator and detector technology developed to search for it and measure its properties, what can be learned by measuring its properties, what has been discovered about the boson in the 10 years following its discovery, searches for other Higgs bosons, plans for future facilities to enhance these measurements, and also examine the important societal impact resulting from such a fundamental discovery.

Dr. Steven Goldfarb
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Higgs boson
  • particle physics
  • standard model
  • discovery
  • symmetry breaking
  • mass
  • Large Hadron Collider
  • CMS
  • accelerators
  • detectors
  • societal impact

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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