Physicists searching for the elusive
Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland announced today
that they have found a new particle, setting the stage for exploration of
whether it is the Higgs predicted by the physics Standard Model.
The UT Arlington College of
Science’s Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics is part
of the U.S. team contributing to the experiments, both on-site in Switzerland
and by utilizing UT Arlington’s massive computing center. Members of the ATLAS
group at UT Arlington, which is part of the Large Hadron Collider project, are
available for interview by phone and in person today to explain this morning’s
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“I would classify this as one of the
biggest discoveries in physics during the past 30 years,” said Kaushik De, UT
Arlington professor of physics and director of the Center of Excellence.
“Without the Higgs, how particles get mass was an unsolved mystery in science.”
Sometimes called the "God
particle," physicists believe interaction with the Higgs boson gives
particles in the universe their mass. It is the only particle in the physics Standard
Model that had not been observed. The Standard Model describes the basic forces
and interactions between particles. Physicists at the Tevatron particle
accelerator in Illinois and the multi-billion Large Hadron Collider in Europe have
been aggressively seeking the Higgs.
A full press release about the
announcement this morning by CERN is available here: http://fnal.gov/pub/presspass/press_releases/index.html.
“Today’s announcement is far from the
end of the trail. It’s really only telling us we’re just getting started on the
right trail,” said Christopher Jackson, an assistant professor of physics. “One
of our first questions is, ‘Is this really the Standard Model Higgs?’ This will
take some time and even more observations to answer.”
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