University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursday, November 12th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: James Wells, University of Michigan
Subject: Higgs bosons and superconductors in the lab and throughout the universe
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.

I take an historical look at the developments of elementary
particle physics and condensed matter physics over the last century,
with focus on the interaction of these two grand areas of physics in
the context of spontaneous symmetry breaking. In particular, I compare
the discoveries of mutual interest in superconductivity and the
electroweak theory of particle physics and how the fields have
inspired each other. I describe how important the discovery of the
Higgs boson has been to particle physics and what it means for the
future. In the process I give an in-depth response to Anderson’s
recent statement in Nature: “Maybe the Higgs boson [of particle
physics] is fictitious!”

Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta

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