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Understanding the Search for the Higgs Boson: A Primer for Civilians

Aug 01, 2012
Professor Nikos Varelas, Professor Mark Adams, Professor Richard Cavanaugh, and Professor Cecilia Gerber were featured in the summer 2012 edition of AtLAS entitled "Understanding the Search for the Higgs Boson: A Primer for Civilians." As detailed in the extensive AtLAS article, the quest to prove or disprove the existence of the Higgs boson has occupied the imaginations and careers of high-energy particle physicists for some four decades. The UIC team, including research assistant professor Len Apanasevich, graduate student Inga Bucinskaite and former doctoral student Cosmin Dragiou, led by Professor Varelas contributed to the recent discovery of a Higgs-like particle from the CMS experiment. The formal scientific paper from the CMS collaboration entitled "Observation of a New Boson at a Mass of 125 GeV with the CMS Experiment at the LHC" was released to the world on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

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