Hunt for the Higgs!

By JoAnne Hewett | May 30, 2007 1:52 pm

The London Science Museum has an amusing interactive game which gives us all a chance to hunt for the Higgs. They show you what Higgs production looks like in a collision at the LHC (albeit, via a very limited set of final states – good enough if the Higgs is heavier than about 180 GeV) and they show what a typical uninteresting Standard Model background process looks like. Then they give you a bunch of collisions with the chance to record 5 events in 30 seconds. Are any of the events you chose an actual Higgs event? Mine were, but then this is what I do for a living (well, almost!). The game is a rather simplified version of what life will be like at the LHC, but it’s fun.

Click here to play!


Via Kelen Tuttle at SLAC Today.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Science and the Media
  • Ambitwistor

    Man, that is one creepy looking Higgs particle they’ve got there.

  • Navneeth

    That’s the Oh-My-God-Medusa’s-Head particle.

  • Jugalator

    Hmm, I keep looking for Higgs’ bosom. :-(

  • Eugene

    I found one!!!!!

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  • Yvette

    Cute game. No, I will not admit how much fun I had. 😀

  • Paul Titze

    Always wondered what these particles look like :-)

  • Guillermo Alcántara

    I got 1 out of 5!!

  • Sean

    This is a great game for teaching about triggers and so forth. I wish they had explained a little more (1) why certain tracks look like they did, and (2) why certain decays left the tracks they did. Can’t have everything, I suppose. (And I did find the Higgs, one out of five times, which is probably a five-sigma detection.)

  • Risa

    Fun! I found one out of 5 as well, and actually learned some particle physics 😉

  • Jugalator

    I agree with Sean — I actually found the very educational nature of the site more interesting than the game. I wish there’d be sites like these, being much more thorough and not primarly about a game. The stuff they wrote in passing was interesting to a science amateur like me that sometimes have to dig through science-speak to reach the understandable stuff.

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  • Peter Curran

    I had high hopes that when CERN switched on the LHC in November of this year, they would inadvertently create a black hole, thus increasing the sales of my book, ‘The Ancient Order of Moridura’ (with a related theme of a nascent singularity created by a meteorite impact in Extremadura).

    But then I realised that the extinction of the planet – and probably the solar system – would prevent me from collecting my royalties. Life can be unfair sometimes!

    However, doomsday has been postponed until April/May of 2008 because of problems with magnets.

    The Higgs boson must be chuckling quietly in interstellar space, its anonymity preserved for a little longer.

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  • federico

    It would be great if this nice Higgs hunting site actually allowed to choose the mass of the Higgs boson in its expected mass range. Maybe also different Higgs boson pictures, depending on its main decay channels? The Z boson robe and so on?


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