What Gives Particles Mass? Searching for the Higgs Boson

What Gives Particles Mass? Searching for the Higgs Boson

First Aired: 2/21/2011

Length: 57 minutes


Vivek Sharma, on Higgs science on the CMS at CERNís LHC.
 
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More than two dozen UC San Diego physicists are working with hundreds of other scientists at CERNís Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, searching for a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson. How are they doing it? What have they found thus far? And why is this search considered one of civilizationís greatest quests? UC San Diego Professor of Physics Vivek Sharma, who directs the Higgs search for the CMS collaboration, explains what physicists hope to achieve at the worldís largest scientific experiment, involving an estimated 10,000 individuals from 60 countries.
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