UCLA Science Faculty Research Colloquium

"The Search for the Higgs Boson: Observation and Interpretation" presented by UCLA Distinguished Professor of Physics Robert Cousins

Thursday, November 08, 2012
4:00 PM
UCLA’s Korn Convocation Hall
West of Rolfe Hall, part of the UCLA Anderson School of Management

Dr. Cousins is a UCLA Distinguished Professor of Physics who, for three years served as deputy to the leader of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) — one of the two experiments searching for the Higgs boson at the CERN laboratory outside Geneva.  He conducts research in the field of elementary particle physics, also known as high energy physics, which has the goal of understanding the smallest building blocks of matter and the forces between them.

The Higgs Boson was postulated nearly five decades ago as a crucial element of the modern theory of the forces of nature, and has been the subject of worldwide searches ever since.  On July 4, the two huge collaborations, working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN made worldwide news when they announced independent observations of a Higgs-like boson.  Professor Cousins will describe the motivation, experiments, data, and interpretation.

The research colloquium is free to the public, but because a very large audience is expected, we request that you RSVP to mercyb@college.ucla.edu to receive an RSVP confirmation which you can print and present for venue entry from 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.  Those without printed RSVP confirmations will not be seated until 3:50 p.m., subject to availability.

The colloquium is designed to be of interest to an informed general audience.