For over 40 years, physicists have been trying to track down a hypothetical particle called the Higgs boson. This particle could explain how known elementary particles like the electron can have mass, and also why one of the basic forces, the weak interaction, is in fact so incredibly weak. However, the Higgs boson has escaped detection so far, even at the most powerful particle accelerators. The next big chance to "bag" this particle will come when the Large Hadron Collider turns on next year. Will the Higgs boson finally be found? Or will an unexpected explanation for these mysteries be revealed?
Lance Dixon is a professor in the particle theory group at SLAC. He has been at SLAC ever since receiving his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1986, apart from one year as an assistant professor back at Princeton.
His research interests include making precise theoretical predictions for the outcome of high-energy collisions, in particular at the Large Hadron Collider, slated to turn on next year. He also studies the mathematical structure of highly supersymmetric quantum field theories, both with and without gravity.
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