The origin and status of Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Tue, Jan. 31st 2012, 11:00
Salle Claude Itzykson, Bât. 774, Orme des Merisiers
From its inception in statistical physics to its role in the construction and in the development of the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism in quantum field theory, the notion of spontaneous symmetry breaking permeates contemporary physics. The discovery at the LHC of the BEH boson would confirm the mechanism and promote the quest for unified laws of nature. These topics are reviewed with particular emphasis on conceptual issues.