The Hunt for the Higgs: A Horizon Special

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Duration: 1 hour

Horizon goes behind the scenes at CERN to follow one of the most epic and expensive scientific quests of all time: the search for the Higgs particle, believed to give mass to everything in our universe.

However, the hunt for Higgs is part of a much grander search for how the universe works. It promises to help answer questions like why we exist and is a vital part of a Grand Unified Theory of nature. At the heart of the pursuit of the elusive particle is the same feature that makes snowflakes beautiful and human faces attractive: the simple and enchanting idea of symmetry.

  • The Higgs Hunters: Dr Adam Davison and Prof Jon Butterworth

    The Higgs Hunters: Dr Adam Davison and Prof Jon Butterworth

    Adam and Jon are professional Higgs Hunters. They’re members of the Atlas experiment – one of two detectors at Cern intensively searching for the elusive Higgs Boson.

  • The Detector: Atlas

    The Detector: Atlas

    Atlas is a detector sited on the ring of the Large Hadron Collider. Inside the detector two beams of protons collide at almost the speed of light. In the particle debris from the collisions scientists hope they’ll unearth the Higgs. A second detector on the collider, CMS, is in competition to find the Higgs first.

  • The Theorist: Prof Frank Wilczek

    The Theorist: Prof Frank Wilczek

    Frank Wilczek is one of the key contributors to The Standard Model of Particle Physics – the guide to the smallest bits of existence there are and how they fit together. The Higgs is the one missing piece from the Model.

  • The Super Symmetrist: Prof S James Gates, Jr

    The Super Symmetrist: Prof S James Gates, Jr

    James Gates is one of the pioneers of Super-Symmetry – a theory that takes the particles of the Standard Model and gives every one of them a super-partner. The Higgs – if it exists – has a super-symmetric twin called the Higgsino. Evidence for super-symmetry is something else they are looking for at Cern...

Credits

Presenter
Jim Al-Khalili
Presenter
Jim Al-Khalili
Director
Gaby Hornsby
Director
Gaby Hornsby
Producer
Gaby Hornsby
Producer
Gaby Hornsby
Series Editor
Aidan Laverty
Series Editor
Aidan Laverty

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