To get you all set for the presentations on the Higgs particle search coming up on Tuesday, December 13th, I’ve written 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. Links to the three articles now appear at the bottom of this page, which provides context by describing the Standard Model Higgs particle in some detail.
- Article 1 is about producing the Standard Model Higgs particle,
- Article 2 is about how the (lightweight) Standard Model Higgs particle decays, and
- Article 3 combines the previous two into a search strategy, and into a program for studying the Standard Model Higgs in detail if/when it is found. Article 3 also points to a couple of older articles that cover important details highly relevant, in my judgment, to Tuesday’s presentation.
Re: Article 3, which is new today — I should warn you that I’m suffering from jet lag, so … well, you know what that might mean. I hope there’s nothing amiss, and that the prose is readable! Also, article 3 is long, and you might want to read it in two sittings, divided at what will be an obvious point.
One reason I’m very tired today is that last night’s flight to Geneva was shortened by extraordinary 200 mile-per-hour (320 kilometer-per-hour) tail winds for the first couple of hours. We had a ground speed over 700 miles per hour for a while (1150 km per hour)! The pilots told me they later had to slow the plane’s air speed down significantly in order that we wouldn’t arrive before the customs officials at the Geneva airport start their day. At normal air speed we apparently would have made the trip in less than 5 1/2 hours!