Lecture on origin of mass

2012-10-08 00:00

SAHAL Yacoob of the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will present a lecture entitled “The Higgs Boson particle, dubbed the ‘God Particle’: a user’s guide”, on Wednesday, October 10 at 5.45 pm at the John Bews Lecture Theatre, Life Sciences Campus, in Pietermaritzburg.

On July 4 this year, two experiments at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) led to the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs Boson, which verified our understanding of the origins of elementary particle mass.

This lecture — the Royal Society of South Africa series — aims to give a better understanding of the result, clarifying what is meant by the “origin of mass”, placing the discovery in the context of current understanding of the subatomic world, sharing some of the excitement in the physics community and touching on the complexity and effort behind this discovery.

Yacoob was based at CERN as a postdoctoral researcher for the University of the Witwatersrand from 2010 until 2012, when he was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Physics at UKZN. He has worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, and at the Tevatron particle collider in Batavia, Illinois. He is actively involved with the Atlas experiment at CERN.

Light refreshments will be supplied. For enquiries, contact Edith Elliott at 033 260 5455. — Witness Reporter.

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