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Physics Café Presentation at Ithaca College to Explore Elusive Higgs Boson Particle

ITHACA, NY — Recent discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider have helped to find Higgs Boson — an elementary particle first theorized in 1964 — and led to the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs.

The Physics Café series at Ithaca College will explore the Standard Model of Particle Physics and the elusive Higgs Boson in a talk by assistant professor of physics Matthew Price on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites. His presentation, “The Particle Zoo: The Newest Exhibit, the Higgs Boson,” is free and open to the public.

Price will focus on the current understanding of particle physics resulting from the discoveries of the past two years at the Large Hadron Collider. He will also discuss the  the impact of new discoveries such as the Higgs Boson, and the physics that result from particle interaction. Price’s research has involved understanding the structure of the proton as well as understanding how students think about physics.

Sponsored by the Department of Physics, the Physics Café series offers talks on current topics in physics in a casual environment, where audience members and physicists can informally discuss new ideas over coffee and cookies. Past presentations have featured such topics as the time-warping properties of black holes, string theory and the exploration of Mars.

For more information contact Jill Ackerman in the Department of Physics at jackerman@ithaca.edu.



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