Van der Waals-Zeeman Colloquium

Algemeen Colloquium Icon Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 16:00h

Experimental exploration of particle interactions at TeV scale

Prof. Jos Engelen
CERN, Geneve

We briefly review the Standard Model of elementary particles and fields and its experimental foundations. An essential ingredient of the Standard Model is the mechanism to endow the weak vector bosons with mass whilst preserving renormalizability. The Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism provides a very attractive way of achieving this, but the corresponding 'Higgs boson' has so far remained elusive. The Large Hadron Collider will have to provide the answer by making energy (mass) scales up to 1012 eV available for experimental exploration. We will describe the status of this new and unique accelerator and the experimental set-ups: after more than 10 years of R&D and construction operations will start by the end of this year at CERN, the European centre for particle physics. The prospects for Higgs discovery and more will be highlighted.