Monday, 28 October 2013 back

The Higgs boson, a Nobel particle

The Nobel Prize 2013 in Physics was awarded to the British Peter Higgs and the Belgian François Englert for the “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.” In 1964 Higgs and Englert, independently, formulated the theory that describes the assignment of the mass. Now, 50 years later, the result of the two theoretical physicists is rewarded with the Nobel Prize. This award was made possible by the experimental confirmation of the existence of the so-called Higgs boson, announced July 4, 2012 at CERN in Geneva by Fabiola Gianotti and Joe Incandela, head of the ATLAS and CMS experiments, respectively.