A Pivotal Moment for Particle Physics
July 08, 2013
A search that began almost 50 years ago is finally coming to a close. “But this is just the beginning,” said Northeastern physics professor Emanuela Barberis.
She and her Northeastern colleagues Darien Wood and George Alverson have been among thousands of physicists in search of the Higgs Boson with the DZero experiment at Fermilab in Illinois and the CMS experiment at CERN in Switzerland. Earlier this week, physicists at CERN announced the most definitive evidence yet.
The so-called “God particle” was first theorized in the 1960s as essential to the Standard Model of particle physics. Without it, our fundamental understanding of the universe would be incorrect and some other explanation would be necessary.