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Peter Ware Higgs (1929-2024)

Peter Ware Higgs passed away peacefully at home following a short illness on 8th April 2024. Peter was born on 29th May 1929 in Newcastle. He studied Theoretical Physics at Kings College London and gained his PhD in 1954. He was appointed Lecturer in Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh in 1960 and became Professor of Theoretical Physics in 1980. In 1964 he published a paper proposing a mechanism for how particles acquire mass. Key to this mechanism was a particle that subsequently became known as the Higgs Boson. Some 50 years later, CERN announced the discovery of this particle in 2012 and the Nobel Prize for Physics was jointly awarded to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs in 2013. Peter was a modest man, yet he inspired generations of students and researchers at the University of Edinburgh and around the world.

The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics was established in 2012 by the University of Edinburgh to seek answers to fundamental questions about the universe. We do this by creating opportunities for researchers and students from around the world to come together to formulate new theoretical concepts, taking us beyond the limitations of current paradigms.

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Triangular Conference on Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics 2024

This year's Triangular Conference on Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics will take place from the 19th - 21st of April 2024 at 50 George Square at the University of Edinburgh. This conference is jointly organized by the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics in Edinburgh, the Astroparticle and Cosmology (APC) Laboratory ...
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Higgs Centre Workshop: Biomedical Physics

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers doing interdisciplinary work between physics and medicine. Within the School of Physics and Astronomy, as well as within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, there are many people working on physics challenges for the medical domain and we would ...
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On gravitational-quantum systems and the emergence of spacetimeGuilherme FRANZMANN

What is a physical subsystem? How classical physical subsystems localized in spacetime are identified from quantum ones? Traditionally, classical systems have been uniquely identified with quantum systems, typically represented as factors in Hilbert space for finite-dimensional systems or associated with a local algebra of operators in QFT. Both representations aim ...
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New Frontiers in Landau Analysis

The last few years have seen a renewed interest in the analytic structure of scattering amplitudes. One of the consequences has been a revival of old methods from the S-matrix program of the sixties, which can now be coupled with our deeper understanding of the types of functions that appear ...
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