The long journey to the Higgs boson and beyond at the LHC

Prof. Dr. Peter Jenni

Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany and CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Lecture

Abstract

Since a few years the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) investigate particle physics at the highest collision energies ever achieved in a laboratory. Following a rich harvest of results for Standard Model (SM) physics, came in 2012 the first spectacular discovery, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments observing a new, heavy particle which is most likely the long-awaited Higgs boson. The latest results with the full data sets accumulated over the first three-year running period of the LHC will be presented. Other, far-reaching results can be reported for exploratory new physics searches like Supersymmetry (SUSY), Extra Dimensions, and the production of new heavy particles.
However, with this recent discovery of a heavy scalar boson the exciting journey into unexplored physics territory, within and beyond the SM, has only just begun at the LHC. Besides the first results and the future prospects, the talk will also touch on the history and the challenges of the whole LHC project, as well as on the important role of the Slovenian team in the ATLAS Collaboration.