The meeting is being held in Texas for the first time. It will feature a public lecture by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg titled "The Standard Model, Higgs Boson, Who cares?" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Texas Hall on the UT Arlington campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The semiannual conference has added significance because of a July 4 announcement from researchers at the Large Hadron Collider at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, that they've almost certainly found the elusive Higgs boson.
As the next step in discovery, the proposed International Linear Collider
, or ILC, will be a 31-kilometer-long electron-positron collider to complement and expand the work of the proton-proton colliding LHC, said Jaehoon Yu, UT Arlington physics professor and co-organizer of the event.
"This summer's announcement of a Higgs-like particle allows us to take the linear collider idea to the next level," Yu said. "The mass range where scientists at CERN believe they have found the Higgs boson - around 126 gigaelectronvolts or GeV - is well within the capabilities of the first phase of the planned ILC."
Yu added: "With the ability to collide beams of particles 14,000 times every second at energies as high as 500 GeV, the linear collider could give us a host of new information about this new particle and help address other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy."
Physicists believe interaction with the Higgs boson gives particles in the universe their mass. It is sometimes referred to as the "God particle" in the media. The Higgs is the only particle in the Standard Model of particle physics that has not been observed. The Standard Model describes the basic forces and interactions between the fundamental particles.
Scientists at the October gathering will discuss concepts for the ILC, which