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What if Adele Was a Nerd: A Capella Science - Rolling in the Higgs

Posted by YBMW Staff on August 25th, 2012
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The things you find online still surprises me to this day. Take for instance, Physics student Tim Blais’s nerdy parody of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep called Rolling in the Higgs.

The video is described on his Facebook page as “an educational and utterly nerdy online video project.” And while you may have to be a huge science nerd to understand and appreciate what he’s singing about, you don’t actually need to be one to enjoy it.

Lyrics:
There’s a collider under Geneva
Reaching new energies that we’ve never achieved before
Finally we can see with this machine
A brand new data peak at 125 GeV
See how gluons and vector bosons fuse
Muons and gamma rays emerge from something new
There’s a collider under Geneva
Making one particle that we’ve never seen before

The complex scalar
Elusive boson
Escaped detection by the LEP and Tevatron
The complex scalar
What is its purpose?
It’s got me thinking

Chorus:
We could have had a model (Particle breakthrough, at the LHC)
Without a scalar field (5-sigma result, could it be the Higgs)
But symmetry requires no mass (Particle breakthrough, at the LHC)
So we break it, with the Higgs (5-sigma result, could it be the Higgs)

Baby I have a theory to be told
The standard model used to discover our quantum world
SU(3), U(1), SU(2)’s our gauge
Make a transform and the equations shouldn’t change

The particles then must all be massless
Cause mass terms vary under gauge transformation
The one solution is spontaneous
Symmetry breaking

Roll your field to minimum potential
Break your SU(2) down to massless modes
Into mass terms of gauge bosons they go
Fermions sink in like skiers into snow

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