FIU physicists celebrated the news today that the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Peter W. Higgs and François Englert for their work in developing what is now known as the Higgs field.
Awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, this year’s prize recognizes nearly five decades of work that led to a 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, the particle linked to the mechanism that gives mass to elementary particles. In the spring of 2013, scientists with the Compact Muons Solenoid (CMS) and ATLAS experiments performed at CERN’s Large Haldron Collider confirmed the discovery.
Along with their students, FIU professors Pete E.C. Markowitz, Jorge L. Rodriguez and research scientist Stephan Linn helped design, build and operate the CMS experiment at CERN’s LHC accelerator. The CMS experiment is a general-purpose detector designed to collect data from proton-proton collisions at the highest energies produced by man. A grant awarded to FIU’s Center for High Energy Physics Research and Education Outreach from the National Science Foundation supports this CMS collaboration. read more