Argonne’s role in the search for the Higgs boson

June 29, 2012


The search for the Higgs boson – the elusive particle that could explain why various subatomic particles have mass – has reached a new stage, and scientists from around the world are gathering at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, July 4, for a potentially momentous announcement.

Particle physics researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have been intimately involved with the effort to find the Higgs. Argonne has made significant contributions to the results that will be discussed, especially in the construction and operation of parts of the ATLAS detector – one of the major experiments at the LHC -- and analysis of the signals recorded by the detector to uncover underlying physics of particle collisions.

The quest for the Higgs has transpired at a number of different particle accelerators and detectors ever since the particle was proposed in the 1960s. The LHC, which occupies a 17-mile-long circular tunnel, is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

In the wake of the Higgs announcement, the following scientists from Argonne will be ready and available to answer questions pertaining to the Higgs, the LHC, particle physics and American science and engineering in general:

Tom LeCompte Argonne physicist and former ATLAS physics coordinator,

James ProudfootSenior physicist and group leader, High Energy Physics Division,; work phone: 630-252-4357

Rikutaro (Rik) Yoshida —  Physicist, High Energy Physics Division,; work phone: 630-252-7874

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