October 24, 2013
A view of the toroid barrel magnets of the ATLAS detector.
Earlier this month, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded 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. Nearly 2000 scientists from U.S. institutions — including more than 100 at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University —have played significant roles in advancing the theory and in designing, building, and conducting the experiments that discovered the particle that proves the existence of the Higgs field, the Higgs boson.
In the 1960s, Higgs, who is from Britain, and Englert, of Belgium, along with other theorists, published papers introducing key concepts in the theory of the Higgs field. Last year, scientists on the international ATLAS and CMS experiments performed at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory in Europe, confirmed this theory when they announced the discovery of the Higgs boson.
"It's wonderful to see a 50-year-old theory confirmed after decades of hard work and remarkable ingenuity," said Brookhaven National Laboratory Director Doon Gibbs. "The U.S. has played a key role, contributing scientific and technical expertise along with essential computing and data analysis capabilities—all of which were necessary to bring the Higgs out of hiding. It's a privilege to share in the success of an experiment that has changed the face of science."
To learn more about the U.S. role in the Higgs discovery visit: http://www.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=11579
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