International Agreements - Higgs Hunt

Collaborating on Higgs Hunt

UNL’s experimental high-energy physics team celebrated the discovery of a new particle matching the long-theorized Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that may prove to be the final piece in understanding the nature of the universe.

For UNL's experimental high-energy physics team, the July 2012 announcement was a significant moment. The team has been extensively involved in the Higgs hunt, capturing and analyzing data in an international effort to find the elusive particle using the atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider at CERN ‒ the European Organization for Nuclear Research ‒ in Switzerland.

UNL is one of seven Compact Muon Solenoid Tier-2 sites, and team member Ken Bloom coordinates the U.S. CMS experiment. If confirmed, the discovery promises to lead to a new realm of investigation.

UNL’s team includes physics faculty members Bloom, Dan Claes, Aaron Dominguez, Ilya Kravchenko and Greg Snow, in collaboration with computer scientist David Swanson and several other researchers working in Lincoln, at CERN in Switzerland and at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill.

Compact Muon Solenoid at CERN
Compact Muon Solenoid at CERN