Rice U physicist available to discuss Large Hadron Collider results

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] U. physicist available to discuss Large Hadron Collider resultsPadley can comment on direct coupling of Higgs boson, bottom quarkRice University particle physicist Paul Padley, one of the scientific team leaders at the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC) Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, is available to discuss the latest findings about the Higgs boson.The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced today that both the CMS and ATLAS experiments — the same groups that jointly announced the discovery of the Higgs in 2012 — have each submitted scientific publications reporting definitive evidence of Higgs particles decaying into bottom quarks.Padley, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice, said the find is extremely important because the direct decay of the Higgs boson to bottom quarks is actually the most frequent of all possible Higgs decays.“We have to be able to measure the things that we’re pretty confident about before we can go around measuring things that are complete surprises,” Padley said. “The Higgs-to-bottom quark coupling was an extraordinary experimental challenge because many processes can mimic the signature we needed to find.”Padley can discuss the science behind the Higgs decay and the role he and others from Rice, including students, played in the discovery, and he can explain the scientific challenges involved in finding and verifying the evidence of the decay.The new observation, together with earlier evidence that the Higgs couples to both top quarks and tau leptons, represents important steps toward a full understanding of the Higgs boson, but Padley said it will likely take another decade to “really sort out, in detail, what is going on with the Higgs.”Padley said physicists working at the LHC hope to find new physics that update our understanding of nature, and a detailed study of the Higgs boson may reveal that new physics.“We have to be prepared to find new physics at any point along the way,” he said.The LHC, a massive $6 billion machine that smashes together beams of particles traveling at nearly the speed of light, was built, in part, to find the Higgs, the last observed particle out of 18 that are contained in the set of equations known as the Standard Model that describes the fundamental forces and building blocks of atoms.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. Rice also has a university backdrop and light kit for Skype interviews.To schedule an interview with Padley, contact: Jeff Falk, 713-348-6775 or [email protected]; or Jade Boyd, 713-348-6778 or [email protected] for download:http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/07/0704-HIGGS-Padley2-b.jpgPhoto courtesy of Rice University.This media advisory can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img

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