To tell you what you need to know for the presentations on the Higgs particle search coming up on December 13th, I’m writing a sequence of three articles about the Standard Model Higgs particle, the simplest form of Higgs particle that might be present in nature, and the one that is the main target, during Phase 1 of the search for the Higgs particle, that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments are aiming to discover or rule out.
Click here for Article # 1, which is about how these particles are made. There are five major processes by which the Standard Model Higgs particle may be produced at the LHC. In this article I’ll tell you what they are, and what we’d learn if we measured each of them precisely.
Click here for Article #2: how the Standard Model Higgs particle decays, and what we can learn by measuring those decays precisely.
Sunday or Monday, Article #3: how we search for the Standard Model Higgs particle, combining what we know about its production and decay with what we know about other processes that will mimic its presence in an LHC detector. And also [probably to be extended later in the week] how we will go about making precise measurements of the properties of any candidate Higgs particle that we observe, to confirm that it really is a Standard Model Higgs particle, and not something more complicated.