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THE HUNT FOR THE HIGGS BOSON (From the series Horizon)


Horizon goes behind the scenes at CERN to follow one of the most epic and ambitious quests of all time, the search for a particle called the Higgs Boson. This Higgs particle is believed to explain why mass exists in our universe. The film focuses on one of the two big experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva called ATLAS, and reveals how the physicists are inspired by the fundamental nature of this research.

The hunt for the Higgs is part of a grand search for how the universe works. These tiny particles can only be observed indirectly, at the record energies produced by the proton beams in the LHC. Underlying the search are predictions which draw on the same beauty as found in snowflakes or an attractive human face, the simple and yet powerful idea of symmetry. The film also shows something of the unique international environment at CERN that reflects a human curiosity about the origins of matter.


Presenter Professor: Jim Al-Khalili

Written and Produced by Gaby Hornsby

Horizon Editor:  Aidan Laverty



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