The Discovery of the “God Particle” and What It Means to You
Dr. Neeti Parashar
Student Research Day
April 3, 2014
As we celebrate our student research accomplishments at Purdue Calumet, I would share with you my own excitement and experiences that inspired me to dedicate my life to a career in research and teaching. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work that led to the development of the theory now known as the Higgs field, which gives mass to elementary particles. My research group at Purdue Calumet is a part of the team of U.S. scientists that played a significant role in advancing the theory and in discovering the particle that proves the existence of the Higgs Field, the Higgs Boson, aka the “God” Particle. In this talk, I will take the audience on a scientific journey of evolution of the universe since its inception to the present, describing objects moving near the speed of light and colliding to make temperatures far hotter than the center of the sun, leading to the discovery of the God particle.
Dr. Neeti Parashar is a Professor of Physics at Purdue University Calumet. She is also the leader ofthe High Energy Physics Program at the university, with collaboration and membership on world-class laboratories such as FermiNational Accelerator Laboratories in Illinois and the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. She is funded by the National Science Foundation, and has secured more than a $1 million for her research activities. She has more than 800 research articles published in peer-reviewed international journals. She has mentored students, postdocs and Ph.D. students and given invited talks at conferences and other events. She has served on research boards, editorial boards and as a panelist on discussions related to research policies and strategies. She has also served both nationally and internationally as a reviewer of grants and proposals in High Energy Physics. She is a frequently invited speaker throughout Northwest Indiana. She was the Chancellor’s Distinguished 2013 Faculty Lecturer. In 2013, she was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award for the second time, and the Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award at Purdue University Calumet.