December 21, 2011
Extended interview footage from
the 'Sixty Symbols'
Scientists behind Sixty Symbols (Ed Copeland, Roger Bowley and Tony
Padilla from the University of Nottingham) are doing their best to
answer what actually is the Higgs Boson.
Named after Peter Higgs, an Edinburgh University physicist,
the Higgs boson is crucial to understanding the origin of mass.
The Higgs boson is a hypothetical
elementary particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle
physics. It belongs to a class of particles known as
characterized by an integer value of their spin quantum number.
The Higgs field is a quantum field with a non-zero value that fills
all of space, and explains why fundamental particles such as quarks
and electrons have mass. The Higgs boson is an excitation of the
Higgs field above its ground state.
Experiments to determine whether the Higgs boson exists are
currently being performed
using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)