**FRIDAY**, March 30, 2012, 3pm
Innovation 223

***Note that this will be on FRIDAY***

Joseph Izen
University of Texas at Dallas

The Hunt for the Higgs Particle at the Large Hadron Collider

Experiments at CERN's Hadron collider may be creating real Higgs bosons, however theorists suspect the influence of virtual Higgs bosons is felt by all particles with mass.  In fact, the influence of virtual Higgs particles may have provided an important clue to the Higgs particle's own mass, even before the start of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data taking. In my talk, I will touch upon the "reality" of virtual particles, I will describe the experiments and the Higgs signatures that physicists at the LHC are using to search for Higgs particles,  and I will report on the status of the Higgs hunt to date.