07-05-2010 Colloquium Thomas Schücker

14 - 04 - 2010

Friday 7 May 2010, 11:00h, at Nikhef in H331

Speaker: Thomas Schücker (Marseille, CPT & Université de Provence)

Title: Noncommutative geometry and the standard model


Connes’ noncommutative geometry offers a beautiful way of unifying Einstein’s gravity with a tiny class of Yang-Mills-Higgs models. The standard model of electro-weak and strong forces is in this tiny class if some of its parameters meet certain constraints. The pre- and post-dictions resulting from these constraints will be reviewed. Among these, the most striking prediction is certainly the mass of the Higgs boson at 170 ± 10 GeV. A compilation of all theoretical predictions of the Higgs mass in the literature is also attempted.