Quo Vadis Higgs?

CSEC seminar room, JCMB
Friday, October 5, 2012
14:00 to 15:00

A new particle has been discovered at the LHC on July 4th and it furiously looks the long sought-after Higgs boson. This discovery is only the first step towards a more complete understanding of the dynamics that makes the weak interactions so different from the ordinary electromagnetism and incidentally allows the stars to shine without burning their fuel almost instantaneously. This Higgs boson is also much more than yet-another particle as, for instance, it ensures the proper decoupling at high energy of massive degrees of freedom of gauge bosons, quarks and leptons without spoiling the consistency of Standard Model. I shall explain how the Higgs boson discovery puts various symmetry structures of the Standard Model under probation and what are its implications for physics beyond the Standard Model at the TeV scale and at the Planck scale.