Iowa State physicists excited about Higgs studies, look forward to new physics

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'We want to emphasize the discovery of this Higgs-like particle is a huge achievement,' said Chunhui Chen, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. 'But we did expect that. In the future we will find even more interesting things.' Those discoveries could include: (1) an explanation of how matter came to dominate antimatter in the early universe; (2) direct production of dark matter, the mysterious and invisible matter that makes up 84 percent of the universe; (3) an understanding of why the force of gravity is so weak. 'This whole thing could really be getting into science fiction, things like hidden dimensions or a fourth generation of quarks and leptons,' said W. Thomas Meyer, a retired adjunct research professor of physics and astronomy. 'I really think the next 10 to 20 years of high energy physics could be very exciting.'

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... by Kyle McDermott on Saturday, Sep 1, 2012 at 5:12:29 PM