Category Archives: Particle Physics

Exploring the “Higgs Portal”

The Higgs boson is unique. Does it open a door to Dark Matter? All known fundamental particles acquire mass by interacting with the Higgs boson. Actually, more correctly, they interact with a quantum field which is present even in “empty” … Continue reading

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Particle & astro-particle physics annual UK meeting

The annual UK particle physics and astroparticle physics conference was hosted by Imperial this week, and has just finished. Some slightly random highlights.

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Observation of a previously unseen behaviour of light

Originally posted on Life and Physics:
Beams of light do not, generally speaking, bounce off each other like snooker balls. But at the high energies in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN they have just been observed doing exactly that…

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Another pentaquark (now on arXiv)

Originally posted on Life and Physics:
I was earlier into work than usual this morning after talking about a new pentaquark discovered by LHCb and reported just now in the Moriond QCD meeting. Even so, when I got in, Ryan…

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