The Psychopomp Garden

Month: February, 2012

I Am The Higgs Boson

The search for the Higgs boson at the LHC.
One of the main goals of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is to search for evidence of the illustrious Higgs boson. This particle, although never seen, is one of the vital ingredients in the formulation of the Standard Model of elementary particles. It is at the heart of our current understanding of electroweak symmetry breaking and allows for masses for the gauge bosons
and fermions.
In 2011 the experiments at the Large Hadron collider (LHC) have collected and analyzed a large amount of proton-proton collision at a centre-of-mass energy of 7 TeV. At the end of 2011 the CMS and ATLAS experiments have presented their results in this endeavor, hinting to a possible excess of data compatible with the Higgs boson, but unable to provide a definite yes/no answer to its existence. I will give an overview of the search for the Higgs boson, discuss the current results in detail and will hopefully convince you that the discovery, or exclusion of the Higgs boson is only a few months away.


Dark Night…

when God draws them forth from the state of beginners—which is the state of those that meditate on the spiritual road—and begins to set them in the state of progressives—which is that of those who are already contemplatives—to the end that, after passing through it, they may arrive at the state of the perfect, which is that of the Divine union of the soul with God.4

…Before we enter upon the exposition of these stanzas, it is well to understand here that the soul that utters them is now in the state of perfection, which is the union of love with God, having already passed through severe trials and straits, by means of spiritual exercise in the narrow way of eternal life whereof Our Saviour speaks in the Gospel, along which way the soul ordinarily passes in order to reach this high and happy union with God. Since this road (as the Lord Himself says likewise) is so strait, and since there are so few that enter by it,19 the soul considers it a great happiness and good chance to have passed along it to the said perfection of love, as it sings in this first stanza, calling this strait road with full propriety ‘dark night,’ as will be explained hereafter in the lines of the said stanza.

…IN this first stanza the soul relates the way and manner which it followed in going forth, as to its affection, from itself and from all things, and in dying to them all and to itself, by means of true mortification, in order to attain to living the sweet and delectable life of love with God; and it says that this going forth from itself and from all things was a ‘dark night,’ by which, as will be explained hereafter, is here understood purgative contemplation, which causes passively in the soul the negation of itself and of all things referred to above.

So it goes…