The Higgs Hunters: Dr Adam Davison and Prof Jon Butterworth
Adam and Jon are professional Higgs Hunters. They’re members of the Atlas experiment – one of two detectors at Cern intensively searching for the elusive Higgs Boson.
The Detector: Atlas
Atlas is a detector sited on the ring of the Large Hadron Collider. Inside the detector two beams of protons collide at almost the speed of light. In the particle debris from the collisions scientists hope they’ll unearth the Higgs. A second detector on the collider, CMS, is in competition to find the Higgs first.
The Theorist: Prof Frank Wilczek
Frank Wilczek is one of the key contributors to The Standard Model of Particle Physics – the guide to the smallest bits of existence there are and how they fit together. The Higgs is the one missing piece from the Model.
The Super Symmetrist: Prof S James Gates, Jr
James Gates is one of the pioneers of Super-Symmetry – a theory that takes the particles of the Standard Model and gives every one of them a super-partner. The Higgs – if it exists – has a super-symmetric twin called the Higgsino. Evidence for super-symmetry is something else they are looking for at Cern...