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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Higgs boson

The Higgs boson is a particle that gives mass to other particles. It is nicknamed by the popular press as the "God Particle."

It was named after Peter Higgs, one of six physicists who, in 1964, proposed the mechanism that suggested the particle.

Nobel Prize Laureate Peter Higgs in Stockholm, December 2013. By Bengt Nyman - Flickr: IMG_

On December 10, 2013 Peter Higgs and Fran├žois Englert, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work and prediction (Englert's co-researcher Robert Brout had died in 2011 and the Nobel Prize is not ordinarily given posthumously).



On July 4, 2012, CERN announced the discovery of a new particle with properties consistent with the Higgs boson. The announcement was made after experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. which lies in a 17 mile tunnel near Geneva, Switzerland.

Tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of the European Organization for Nuclear Research. By Julian Herzog 

By March 2013, the particle had been proven to behave, interact and decay in many of the ways predicted by the Standard Model. The teams announced that they now believed the new particle was a Higgs boson.

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