Upcoming seminar on the Higgs boson at CERN

Building 40 at CERN, the central hub of activity for the ATLAS and CMS collaborations. If you’re wondering why it’s so empty, that was on a Sunday 🙂

As you probably already heard, CERN announced publicly a little over a week ago that they were going to hold a scientific seminar to discuss the latest results in the search for the Higgs boson by ATLAS and CMS. This seminar is to be held this coming Wednesday. I find this a bit funny because ICHEP, the International Conference on High Energy Physics, is also starting on July 4th. Results to be announced at the CERN seminar have been prepared to be shown for ICHEP, and then CERN jumps in and say “we want to announce the results too!!”

In any case, the results to be announced will be based on more than twice the amount of data that was used last time CERN held such a seminar on December 9th 2011. That means that ATLAS and CMS have now become much more sensitive to the Higgs boson. Whatever statement is going to be made about the Higgs this time is going to be more definitive than last year.

What statement and how definitive? It’s not my place to say. I heard countless rumours in the last month or so, and I have been following closely what’s going on inside ATLAS. The collaboration has a number of results and it is now ironing things out to make sure that what they will present is solid. Despite all I heard, I am as excited as everyone else about the seminar. I don’t know at all what CMS will show and I don’t know yet what the final word will be on the ATLAS data.

I will try to attend the seminar in person and report on the announcement here. From previous experience, I foresee that the auditorium at CERN will be packed hours preceding the announcement and it will be impossible to get a wifi connection. So I will write up the post in the auditorium and publish it when it is over. However it will turn out, there will be a lot of interesting things to say about the new results. Stay tuned!

There will be a webcast of the event here.

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