2013 was a banner year for science at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory—from our contributions to Nobel Prize-winning research to new insights into catalysts, superconductors, and other materials key to advancing energy-efficient technologies.
The Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass. U.S. scientists played a significant role in advancing the theory and in discovering the particle that proves the existence of the Higgs field, the Higgs boson.
In addition to serving as the U.S. host laboratory for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, Brookhaven National Laboratory plays multiple roles in this massive international undertaking, ranging from construction and project management to data storage and distribution. Brookhaven and the LHC Web Site