Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Hurray, they've found the Higgs Boson!


The Particle Physicists here at the University of Southampton are really excited today - the Higgs Boson has been discovered.

Professor Nick Evans says "It's a big day for particle physics - the discovery of the Higgs boson fills a huge hole in our understanding of nature. It's remarkable that theorists had correctly predicted the existence of this particle. Perhaps even more remarkable that an international team of thousands of experimentalists put together a 27km round high-tech machine to find it.  The LHC's running has been an absolute triumph."

I'm exhibiting a lenticular print (shown above) which illustrates the Higgs Boson event in the ATLAS particle detector at CERN - at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition from 3-8 July.  The animated image was provided by Dr Alexander Belyaev.

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