Information on Higgs and Co




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The physicists at RWTH Aachen are delighted with the award of the Nobel prize in physics to the researchers François Englert and Peter Higgs. In an information event, RWTH particle physicists will provide insights into their work and explain the theory of the Higgs boson.


In the 1960s, the award winning researchers Higgs and Englert developed their theories independently of each other, but the Higgs boson was discovered only last year at the European Research Center CERN in Geneva.

The international team of scientists working on this project also included working groups from the RWTH Physics Institutes IB and IIA/B, who have contributed to planning, developing, and building technologies the detectors used in the experiment and participated in the analysis of the measuring results. A part of the calculations required for the discovery of the particle were carried out at the Institute of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology.

Explaining Higgs' Theory

At the information event at the Physics Center, the RWTH particle physicists will provide insights into their work. In a presentation, Professor Michael Krämer, Chair of Theoretical Physics E, will explain how the researchers will seek to unravel the remaining mysteries of the microcosm.

Furthermore, at 7pm, Professor Krämer will hold a lecture on the theory of the Higgs boson, including a report on the research team at CERN succeeded in discovering the elusive particle.

In the foyer, there will be an exhibition to illustrate both theoretical and experimental aspects of the Higgs theory and the discovery of the boson.

The information even is open to anybody interested – also to those without subject knowledge in physics.

  • Time and Location: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from 6 to 10pm, Melaten Physics Center, Otto-Blumenthal Straße (Foyer and Lecture Hall)
  • Entrance to the event is free of charge.