In case you hadn’t heard, particle physicists have finally discovered the long-sought Higgs boson—or something like it. If the new particle really is the Higgs, then physicists have found the last piece of their standard model and the key to their explanation of how all fundamental particles get their mass. But what comes next for particle physicists? Is the discovery of the Higgs—if that’s what it is—the beginning of a new age of discovery or the end of the road? If there’s more out there to be discovered, when and how do physicists expect it to show up?
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Marcela Carena is a theoretical physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. She focuses on a theory called electroweak baryogenesis.
Homer Wolfe is the deputy convener of the Higgs Boson Working Group for the CDF experiment at Fermilab. His is also working on near-term upgrade development of the CMS experiment at CERN.
Adrian has been writing for a living since 1999 and has been a staff writer at Science since 2005. Before taking up his quill, Adrian earned a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics working on the CLEO experiment at Cornell University.