Gerardus 't Hooft (2016) - How One Single Elementary Particle Can Make the Difference

Gerardus 't Hooft (2016)

How One Single Elementary Particle Can Make the Difference

Gerardus 't Hooft (2016)

How One Single Elementary Particle Can Make the Difference

Abstract

Billions of Euros have been spent recently just to find out more about the tiniest structures in the sub-atomic world. One of the main tasks of a new particle accelerator, the LHC, was to observe a new particle species, the Higgs particle. Exactly this particle was one of the main themes of my thesis in 1972. This particle would have to be quite different from anything known at the time, but without such a particle our theories about the electro-weak forces would not make sense. We experienced it as a triumph when finally the detection of this particle, exactly with the expected properties, was announced in July 2012.

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