Popular Science Lecture Series - VIII

LHC and Detection of Higgs Boson

Venue: Anna Centenary Library

June 15, 2019

Co-organised by
Anna Centenary Library
& Tamilnadu Science Forum


About Program

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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and most powerful particle collider and the largest machine in the world. It was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) between 1998 and 2008 in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and hundreds of universities and laboratories, as well as more than 100 countries. It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference and as deep as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the France–Switzerland border near Geneva.

The Higgs boson is an elementary particle in the Standard Model of particle physics, produced by the quantum excitation of the Higgs field, one of the fields in particle physics theory. It is named after physicist Peter Higgs, who in 1964, along with five other scientists, proposed the mechanism which suggested the existence of such a particle. Its existence was confirmed in 2012 by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations based on collisions in the LHC at CERN. On December 10, 2013, two of the physicists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their theoretical predictions. Although Higgs's name has come to be associated with this theory (the Higgs mechanism), several researchers between about 1960 and 1972 independently developed different parts of it. In mainstream media the Higgs boson has often been called the "God particle", from a 1993 book on the topic,although the nickname is strongly disliked by many physicists, including Higgs himself, who regard it as sensationalism.

ஹிக்ஸ் போசானைக் கடவுள் துகள் (God Particle) என்றும் குறிப்பிடுவர். இதனைக் கண்டுபிடிக்க அரிதாக இருந்ததால், "கிடைக்கமாட்டாது இருக்கும் துகள்" என்னும் பொருள்படும் "goddamn particle" என்று ஆங்கிலச் சொல்லை நோபல் பரிசாளர் இலியான் இலேடர்மன் (Leon M. Lederman) குறிப்பிட்டார். ஆனால் அது பதிப்பாளர்களால் சுருக்கம் பெற்று கடவுள் துகள் என்று பிழையான பொருளுடன் வழங்கலாயிற்று.

Program Schedule

Time: 04:00 pm to 6:00 pm - June 15th, 2019

Registration: 3:30 pm onwards

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Inauguration by Prof. G Rajasekaran,
Professor Emeritus Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
Hundred years of particle physics and detection of Higgs boson

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Dr. Prafulla Kumar Behera, IIT Madras
Features of LHC and Detection of Higgs Boson

5:30 pm - 5:55 pm

Question & Answer


Prof. G Rajasekaran

Prof. G Rajasekaran

Prof. G Rajasekaran, Prof. G Rajasekaran, is alumni of Madras Christian College and completed his doctorate at University of Chicago. His field of research is in Theoretical Physics - in particular, Quantum Field Theory and High Energy Physics. He held visiting professor position in many Universities abroad. Currently he is visiting professor of University of California, Riverside, USA since 1999. He has published over 180 papers.

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Dr. Behera

Dr. Prafulla Kumar Behera

Dr. Prafulla Kumar Behera, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Madras. His research interest is in the field of Experimental particle physics. He is co-author of more than 1000 journal publications that includes papers on ATLAS, CMS, BABAR and BELLE experiments. Associated with INO and developing the Detector for it since 2011. He is also an active member of the CMS experiment at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland since 2014.

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