This diagram shows a particle shower, with two photons leaving (indicating a Higgs boson was created). The diagram is designed to be accessible to the visually impaired as well as seeing students, and can be printed on a swell printer.
Overview and Background
A Higgs Event
The Higgs boson is created in high energy particle collisions. These collisions release a shower of particles, seen in the centre of this diagram as curved lines. The Higgs itself is heavy and unstable, meaning it will quickly decay. In this diagram it has decayed to two photons, shown by the straight lines shooting out. The detection of these photons gives away the creation of the Higgs.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Tactile Collider: Higgs
This object forms a part of the Higgs station in the Tactile Collider project. Other resources and full lesson plan ideas can be found at our website: www.tactilecollider.uk