Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium: Caterina Vernieri - Delving into the Unknown: The Higgs Boson at Future Colliders

Tue May 21st 2024, 3:30pm
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Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium
Department of Physics
Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The Higgs boson was discovered in 2012 by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the world’s most powerful particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. This particle plays a unique role in fundamental physics. It gives all of the known elementary particles, including itself, their masses. While we now have a strong evidence that the Higgs field is indeed the unique source of mass for the known elementary particles, the next step is to search for new interactions that could also explain why the Higgs field has the properties required by the Standard Model of particle physics. We have no clear roadmap to this new theory but the Higgs boson plays a crucial role in this quest. The goal of a next-generation e+e- collider is to carry out precision measurements to per-cent level of the Higgs boson properties that are not accessible at the LHC.  In this talk we present the challenges and possibilities for the next e+e- collider and recent progress. The exploitation of the complementarity between LHC and future colliders will be the key to understanding fundamentally the Higgs boson.