Particle Physics: Where Next?

What comes after the discovery of the Higgs boson?

Monday 29th September is an important date in the world of particle physics. For on this day in 1954, the convention was ratified that founded CERN (French for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire). Over the course of the last 60 years, CERN has become one of the most famous and best-funded science organisations on the planet: its 2014 budget is somewhere in the region of £786 million. It is also the birthplace, incidentally, of the World Wide Web.

The most publicised discovery was, of course, that of the Higgs boson by scientists working at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Now, less than year before the LHC restarts in April 2015, pressure is rising on the scientists at CERN’s vast underground science facility on the outskirts of Geneva. With little conclusive evidence yet found for supersymmetry, what if the Higgs boson was the high point? Will the LHC have proved an expensive white elephant?

For theoretical physicist John Ellis this is what makes it e

Continue reading

Enjoy unlimited access to the world's leading thinkers.

Start by exploring our subscription options or joining our mailing list today.

Start Free Trial

Already a subscriber? Log in

Join the conversation

tienzen 20 November 2014

There are 4-locks which lock this universe in shape.

Lock-one: Cabibbo angle (13.5 degrees), Weinberg angle (28.75 degrees), [(1/Alpha) = 137.0359 …]

Lock-two: Planck data (dark energy = 69.2; dark matter = 25.8; and visible matter = 4.82)

Lock-three: the pegs-lock which can only be opened by the exact pegs when they are inserted into the peg-key-holes. There are 48 peg-key-holes in this physical universe, and every peg is distinguished with a set of ‘name-codes’. The 48 matter particles form this pegs-lock.

Lock-four: {delta P x delta S > ħ} lock.

To find the keys for these 4-locks could be another way of looking for the answers. See http://tienzengong.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/naturalness-is-nature/ .

Iya Olorum 11 October 2014

By paying attention to the details, unknown could be discover.since labels identified,wisdom is more difficult. The natural investigation will bring the must clear aspects by simple details of life.