'Particle Fever' Screening Packed the House at the Cinema Arts Centre

Crowds abuzz with curiosity filled the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on May 18 for a screening of Particle Fever, a film documenting the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson – a particle physicists have been seeking for decades – and the successful experiments that found it and ultimately earned a Nobel Prize for the theorists who first suggested its existence. 

The screening of the documentary was followed by a wine and cheese reception and a panel discussion with scientists who work on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), including: Howard Gordon and Ketevi Adikle Assamagan, experimental particle physicists at Brookhaven Lab; John Hobbs, a physics professor at Stony Brook University and a senior physicist at Brookhaven; and Denis Damazio, a Brookhaven/ATLAS physicist who joined via video chat from the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), where the LHC is located. 

The theater stayed full after the lights came up as the audience discussed the film with the panelists and virtually visited the superconducting magnet division at CERN and the control room for the ATLAS experiment. 

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