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Particle physics goes public

North­eastern is part of an inter­na­tional con­sor­tium working to make all data from the field of high-​​energy par­ticle physics avail­able to the public.

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A pivotal moment for particle physics

North­eastern physics pro­fessor Emanuela Bar­beris exam­ines the meaning of the dis­covery of the Higgs boson, the so-​​called “God particle.”

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3Qs: Searching for the “Holy Grail” of physics

Researchers at CERN, the Euro­pean Center for Nuclear Research, reported this week they are get­ting closer to dis­cov­ering the Higgs boson, a sub­atomic par­ticle that sci­en­tists believe will explain why every­thing in the uni­verse has mass. The Higgs boson is con­sid­ered to be the “Holy Grail” of par­ticle physics, and finding it would be a great sci­en­tific advance­ment. We asked Emanuela Bar­beris, asso­ciate pro­fessor of physics, to explain the Higgs boson and what its dis­covery would mean to the world’s sci­en­tific community.

Image courtesy of CERN.

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