Students present Higgs boson concepts

Incoming ASPIRE students studied the physics behind the newly-discovered Higgs boson and shared the excitement with the campus community.

On July 4, 2012, scientists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of a new particle matching the long-sought Higgs boson: one of the most significant results in particle physics in decades. The very next week, incoming Alma freshmen Chris McDonald, Dalton Potter, and Krystle Reiss came to campus as part of the ASPIRE program and learned some of the physics that makes the Higgs so significant. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Steuard Jensen and PRISM research student Emma Patmore, they studied concepts from quantum field theory and symmetry breaking and finally created this poster to share their understanding with the campus community. (Click for a larger view!)


An ASPIRE poster explaining the just-discovered Higgs boson.

Story published on July 14, 2012