Higgs Boson - Animated Explanation

The "Higgs Boson" is often "in the news." 

  • On the 4th of July, 2012, scientists at CERN - in Europe - announced they may have found this particle following a collision in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva.

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). 

Professor Stephen Hawking also provides a bit more background on Higgs-Boson (and its significance):

In the early 60s, theorists were struggling to understand why particles have mass.  Peter Higgs and Francois Englert proposed a mechanism called symmetry breaking. This mechanism also predicted a massive particle, the Higgs boson.  The discovery last year at Cern of a particle with the correct properties confirms this prediction and is a triumph for theory.

Following the Higgs-Boson announcement, in March of 2013, scientists 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


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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: May 26, 2014

Updated Last Revision: Apr 15, 2015

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.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with "Piled Higher and Deeper."

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


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