Alice Bean
Physics and Astronomy

KU physicists joining national 10th anniversary celebration of Higgs boson discovery with public event June 30

Fri, 06/24/2022

LAWRENCE — Ten years after the Large Hadron Collider’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment contributed to the discovery of the long sought-after Higgs boson, University of Kansas physicists who contributed to that work are inviting the public to join them in a national celebration of this groundbreaking moment in science.

The July 4, 2012, experimental discovery of this fundamental particle associated with the origin of mass was long in the making and led to the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to François Englert and Peter Higgs for their theoretical contributions dating to the 1960s.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is hosting a celebration that will highlight the contributions of KU researchers to the discovery, as well as those of scientists from across the nation. The celebration will begin at 11:40 a.m. June 30 in 2048 Malott Hall. Those unable to attend in person can join via Zoom (passcode 770552).

The program will begin with a presentation of KU’s CMS research contributions and plans for that research going forward.

“We are excited to be starting data-taking again and helping more students to explore new physics frontiers,” said Alice Bean, University Distinguished Professor.

At noon, the university will join the national celebration of this anniversary on Zoom.

Nearly 150 KU researchers have played a part in the Large Hadron Collider’s CMS experiment since KU joined the collaboration in 2000. The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy have provided more than $23 million in support of the work of KU researchers in this endeavor.

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