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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Higgs Boson Explained

CERN, the organization behind the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator, had a highly-anticipated press conference on July 4, 2012 to share the results of the latest experiments searching for the Higgs boson, or "God Particle." But what is the Higgs boson and why do we want to find it? Faculty from the UW Physics Department provide some context for our current understanding of particle physics, the Higgs boson, and the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.


CERN's Higgs boson press conference

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The Fourth of July was a momentous day in the world of physics, and the University of Washington played a significant part in it.

Scientists around the world celebrated the detection of what appears to be the Higgs boson, an elusive subatomic particle whose existence is a major step in understanding the origins of the universe.

“For the UW group, it is particularly exciting because it comes after more than 20 years of dedicated effort,” Henry Lubatti, a UW physics professor, said via email from an international physics conference in Melbourne, Australia, that began with the Web-based announcement of the discovery.

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