Eric Laenen, Head, Nikhef Theory Group, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Standard Model, the Cosmos and the Large Hadron Collider
The hunt is on for the last, and most important piece of the
otherwise very succesful Standard Model of elementary matter and
force: the Higgs particle. I will sketch the Standard Model
and the idea behind the Higgs mechicanism, and why finding
the Higgs boson is important. The hunt takes place at CERN,
in Geneva with the Large Hadron Collider, now near completion.
I will also describe how information about the Standard
Model is extracted from LHC data.
There are also clear signs that there is more to Nature than the
Standard Model, coming from the rapidly developing field of
astroparticle physics. Some of these signs will be reviewed, as will
some telescopes involved.