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The Higgs is One Piece of the Mass Puzzle: Toward a New Understanding of the Quantum Universe
The past two decades have seen a revolution in our understanding of the universe’s most fundamental particles, ushered in by three landmark discoveries. The top quark was measured to be inexplicably heavy, with a mass 300,000 times greater than the electron. Neutrinos were found to be surprisingly light – 100 billion times lighter than the top quark – and to morph into each other as they travel through space and time. The long-sought Higgs boson, discovered at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012, provides only part of the explanation for the wide range of particle masses. The world’s particle physicists have embarked on an ambitious program to solve the mystery of mass through experiments at the LHC and at Fermilab.
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