Higgs Boson - Animated Explanation

The "Higgs Boson" was "in the news" around the world on July 4, 2012.  Scientists at CERN - in Europe - announced they may have found this particle following a collision in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva.

On the 14th of March, 2013, "Higgs Boson" was in the news, again, when CERN announced that the particle discovered the previous summer is "looking more and more like a Higgs boson..."

What, exactly, is the "Higgs Boson" - and - why do we care about it?  This video, narrated by Professor Daniel Whiteson, uses an animated explanation (by Jorge Cham) to answer both of those questions.  Move the video to 0:36 to see the animation.

For a deeper explanation of the Higgs Boson - and the "Standard Model" on which it is based - have a look at this illustrated guide from "Particle Adventure" (produced by Berkeley National Laboratory). 

Following the Higgs-Boson announcement, scientists have publicly wondered whether the recent particle discovery will aid in the search for "dark matter."  For a quick overview of "dark matter," see another illustration from "Particle Adventure."

See, also:

Namesake (and background) of "Boson" Particles


Media Credits

Video clip - with narration by Professor Daniel Whiteson and animation by Jorge Cham (of PhD - "Piled Higher and Deeper" Comics) - online courtesy PhD Comics and Daniel Whiteson.  Copyright, PhD Comics, all rights reserved.  

Video - based on "What's in the Data?  The Higgs Boson Explained" - provided here as fair use for educational purposes.


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