Of Particular Significance

Why is it Hard to Find the Higgs Particle?

It is quite hard to discover the Higgs particle.  In fact, if the Standard Model Higgs particle (the simplest version of the Higgs particle) is actually present in nature, then both the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the LHC have made well over 10,000 Higgs particles by now. So gosh — what’s taking so long?!?

Why is it hard to find the Higgs Particle?  Ah… Let me count the ways!

First, finding the lightweight Standard Model Higgs particle is in some ways analogous to trying to see a distant star during daylight hours; you’re seeking a very dim signal against a very bright background.   Click here for more.

[More to come in the next few days.]

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A decay of a Higgs boson, as reconstructed by the CMS experiment at the LHC