Science for the Public, September 11, 2012. Steven Nahn, Associate Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Finding the Higgs —or Higgs-ish— is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of science. This particle is the source of mass that makes possible the existence of our familiar form of matter. Professor Steven Nahn explains what the Higgs boson is and why it is so important for a model of the structure of matter. He also describes the enormous challenge of finding the Higgs —even with the power of the Large Hadron Collider— and the extreme requirements of scientific verification for this elusive particle.
Dr. Nahn is involved in one of the major projects at the LHC, the Compact Muon Solenoid.