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Janet Conrad
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Not your Standard Model physicist

Professor Janet Conrad is on a quest to find the elusive “ghost” particle—and turn physics on its head.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News magazine, published by MIT Technology Review
October 23, 2018

In the summer of 2005, at a banquet dinner laid out in a Swedish castle for some of the world’s leading physicists, Janet Conrad made a bet.

Over multiple courses and much wine, Conrad, then a physics professor at Columbia University, playfully sparred with Nobel laureate and MIT physicist Frank Wilczek over the Higgs boson, a fundamental particle that was predicted to exist by the Standard Model of physics but had evaded all attempts at detection. Finding the Higgs would be key to resolving the mystery of how particles acquire mass.  [Full article]