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Higgs@10: Ten years of the Higgs Boson

Public talks and lectures
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
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Higgs@10: Ten years of the Higgs Boson

Monday 4 July 2022, 7 – 9pm, Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, University of Oxford.

Public event - everyone is welcome!

A series of short talks on the Higgs Boson by Oxford particle physicists, followed by a general discussion and Q&A.

Ten years ago, on 4 July 2012, particle physicists gathered at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland to hear the news the discovery of a new particle, soon confirmed to be the Higgs Boson. On the anniversary date, join members of Oxford University Department of Physics to celebrate this discovery and a decade of research into this fundamental particle.

Learn how it was conceived by Professor Peter Higgs and why it became a key part of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Hear the story of the decades-long search from researchers working on the ATLAS and CMS experiments. We will hear from researchers studying the Higgs through some of the particle pairs it decays into: W bosons, b quarks, and muons.

Join us for a discussion on what we have learnt about the Higgs since its discovery and how it is being used to probe for new scientific phenomena and could solve further mysteries in fundamental physics.

The event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel.

Thanks to the Institute of Physics for sponsoring the event.


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Professor Daniela Bortoletto, Researcher on ATLAS and CMS experiments, Head of Sub-department of Particle Physics.

Professor Ian Shipsey, Researcher on ATLAS experiment and CMS experiments, Head of Department of Physics and Henry Moseley Centenary Professor of Experimental Physics.

TBC: Professor Gavin Salam FRS, Royal Society Research Professor, Professor of Theoretical Physics and Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College.

Professor Chris Hays, Researcher on ATLAS experiment.

Dr Elisabeth Schopf, Researcher on ATLAS experiment.

Dr Miha Zgubic, Former Oxford graduate student on ATLAS experiment


Draft programme:

6:30       Tea and coffee served outside Martin Wood Lecture Theatre.

7:00       Introduction, Ian Shipsey

              From the Tevatron searches to the LHC discovery  - Daniela Bortoletto

              The role of Higgs decays to W bosons in the 2012 discovery - Chris Hays

              Observing Higgs decays to b quarks in 2018 - Elisabeth Schopf

              First indications of a rare Higgs decay in 2020 - Miha Zgubic

              Why the Higgs is important - Gavin Salam (TBC)

8:00       Q&A with audience and general panel discussion on the role  of the Higgs in past, present, and future particle physics research

9:00       End