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Mounting evidence of Higgs boson a “triumph” for particle physics

(4 July 2012)

The Large Hadron Collider

Mounting evidence that the Higgs boson exists is a “triumph” for particle physics, according to Durham University experts providing the theory and analysis behind a number of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Scientists at the LHC at CERN, in Geneva, have announced that they have found a new particle consistent with the long-sought Higgs.

The discovery could help answer other questions about the Universe, according to Professor Valentin Khoze, Director of Durham University’s Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP).

Experts at the IPPP are providing the theory and analysis behind a number of experiments at the LHC.

The Higgs particle generates masses for other elementary particles via the Higgs mechanism and without it the Universe would not remotely look like anything we see today.

Professor Khoze said: “The mounting evidence that Higgs bosons have been produced and detected at the Large Hadron Collider experiment at CERN is a triumph for particle physics.

“Particle theorists predicted the existence of the Higgs boson almost 50 years ago and it plays an absolutely vital role in our very understanding of fundamental physics.

“Without the Higgs particle, other particles such as electrons and quarks would be massless and the Universe would not be what it is.

“Now, with the amazing results from the LHC, we are finally starting to find the experimental evidence that the Higgs really exists.

“The second part of the story about the Higgs particle is even more exciting as it provides us with a window to new Physics - a tool for the exploration of the truly unknown.

“The next stage will be a detailed and careful study of its properties. Successful completion of this second stage will bring us closer to uncovering new physics, explaining dark matter and other mysteries of the Universe.

“Today's Higgs update from CERN is an important step on this road.”             

The IPPP at Durham University is a leading international centre for research in particle physics phenomenology - the bridge between theory and experiment in the study of the tiny building blocks of all matter in the Universe and of the fundamental forces that operate between them.

For the Science and Technology Facilities Council media release on the CERN announcement please visit: