Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Unapologetic Mathematician Tackles the Higgs Mechanism

John Armstrong has posted an outstanding 4-part article describing how the Higgs mechanism actually works. But this isn’t the usual pop-sci/lame metaphor approach. No sir, he tackles the mathematics, covering the basics of Lagrangians, gauge theory, and symmetry-breaking. I’m rather … Continue reading

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Higgs Link Dump

In the aftermath of the July 4th Higgs announcement, my RSS feed has been glutted with articles about the Higgs. My screen is typically filled with far too many browser tabs, but this has made that situation go haywire. Here … Continue reading

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A Clarification: What Exactly Was Discovered?

In the wake of this morning’s big announcement out of CERN, I received a phone call today from a friend asking for some clarification about something. Since I suspect that it is something a great many other folks are probably unclear … Continue reading

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Higgs At Last!

The event has taken place. CMS observes a Higgs candidate. Adding up all channels except for tau decays, they see 5.1 sigma. Adding in the tau channel (where there has been a lack of the rare event) drops it to … Continue reading

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Higgs: What’s In A Name?

UPDATE: The event has taken place. CMS observes a Higgs candidate. Adding up all channels except for tau decays, they see 5.1 sigma. Adding in the tau channel (where there has been a lack of the rare event) drops it … Continue reading

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