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Lecture explores search for tiny, hypothetical particle

March 13, 2012 12:00AM

No one has ever seen a Higgs boson, but physicists around the world are using one of the largest machines in the world to try to find one.

Dr. Tim Bolton, a physics professor at Kansas State University, will explain what the Higgs boson is and why the thought of discovering one makes physicists’ hearts beat faster when he delivers a public lecture on the Pittsburg State University campus on Wednesday, March 14. The lecture, part of the 2012 Physics, Mathematics and Engineering Lecture Series, will take place at 2 p.m. in 102 Yates Hall.

The Higgs boson is a hypothetical sub-atomic particle that is fundamental to contemporary physics models. Currently, scientists are using the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, near Geneva, Switzerland, in their search for the elusive Higgs boson.

In his lecture, Boson will discuss why finding the Higgs boson is so important to physicists and where he expects them to find it.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

©2012 Pittsburg State University

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