The IFIC co-organises Quantum Harmony , an informative and musical event on the Higgs boson

The IFIC co-organises Quantum Harmony, an informative and musical event on the Higgs boson

The Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC), a joint centre of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the University of Valencia (UV), the Joaquín Rodrigo Superior Conservatory of Music of Valencia and the Science Museum of Valencia have organised the third edition of Quantum Harmony. The music of the Higgs boson. The event, on April 4 at the Santiago Grisolía Auditorium of the Science Museum, will be at 7:00 p.m. and will have free admission until full capacity is reached.

At the event, Emma Torró, IFIC researcher, will give a brief conference for dissemination, The Higgs boson: Ten years of the most desired particle, and then four musical pieces will be performed that try to translate into music the story of this 2012 discovery, key in the Standard Model, the theory that explains the visible matter of the universe and why particles have mass.

The pieces that will be performed are Direcció al buit (by Mar Caballer), Vacío utópico (Aarón Esteve), I walk because I was born (Marc Alexandre Mayor) and Boceto de bosones (Iván Martínez), and before each one of them the composer will explain how s/he has turned scientific concepts into musical material.

This collaboration arose this month of September, when on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson, IFIC scientific staff and composition students from the Joaquín Rodrigo Superior Conservatory of Music proposed uniting two different but parallel worlds and creating a forum in which science will inspire art.

In the summer of 2012, the Higgs boson had gone from being a hypothesis to becoming a reality after almost 50 years. It is the last piece of the Standard Model, the great theory of particle physics without which it is not possible to understand why the rest of the particles have mass. Discovering it required several decades of technological development, culminating in the construction of the Large Hadron Collider, the largest particle accelerator in the world. It is a 27-kilometre machine 100 meters underground in which particles move at almost the speed of light.