Deconstructing Mass

DIPC Seminars

Luis Alvarez Gaumé, Deputy Head of the CERN Theoretical Physics Unit
Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC).Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal, 4, Donostia
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Deconstructing Mass The last couple of years have seen the apotheosis of the Standard Model of Particle Physics with the discovery of the Higgs particle. This discovery has produced as much enthusiasm as it has generated confusion and misconceptions. It is a legitimate question to ask what is the origin of the mass in your body that seems to be pulled down by the gravitational force, or the mass of most things we see around us. Is it all Higgs? What Higgs? The particle? The field? of the above? In this talk we will try to answer some of these questions to the best of our current knowledge. The answers are surprising. We will o ffer a roller-coaster ride on the realm of quantum symmetries and their breaking.