BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Higgs boson has been grabbing international
headlines since July, when scientists announced that they may have
caught a glimpse of the elusive particle after years of
Now, Western New Yorkers will have the chance to learn about the
Higgs firsthand -- directly from local researchers who helped track
the particle down. Find out why news outlets from CNN to TIME have
been reporting on the hunt for the Higgs, and why the particle's
discovery counts as one of modern science's most exciting
WHAT: University at Buffalo physicists who
contributed to the hunt for the Higgs boson are hosting
"HiggsFest," a free, public celebration. The event will include
short presentations -- in plain English -- on the famed boson and
Media will have the opportunity to interview the researchers and
view an interactive graphic illustrating the particle collision
experiment that led to the discovery of the Higgs. A tiny particle
detector will be on display. Physics-related craft activities are
planned for kids.
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Room 205 in the Natural Sciences Complex
on UB's North Campus. The Natural Sciences Complex is building No.
22 in the yellow area of this map: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/maps/NorthCampus.pdf.
WHY: The Higgs boson is a subatomic particle
that helps explain why objects have mass. The particle is a crucial
piece of the Standard Model of particle physics, which physicists
use to describe how the world around us works.
For many years, the Higgs was the only Standard Model particle
that researchers had not observed. That changed this summer, when
scientists at the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator
reported seeing something that looked tantalizingly like the Higgs.
At a conference in Japan this November, experts presented further
evidence that the particle they glimpsed was indeed the long
HiggsFest organizers include:
-- Associate Professors Ia Iashvili and
Avto Kharchilava, who helped plan and build the
Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator's Compact Muon Solenoid
detector (CMS), which scientists used to hunt for the Higgs.
-- Assistant Professor Sal Rappoccio. Like
Iashvili and Kharchilava, Rappoccio is a member of the CMS
collaboration, one of two research groups that reported discovering
a particle consistent with the Higgs.
-- Associate Professor Dejan Stojkovic and
Professor Doreen Wackeroth, theoretical physicists
who have been studying Higgs-related physics for many years.
All five faculty members are expected to be on site. To learn
more about their participation in the Higgs search, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/news/13528.