A particle consistent with the Higgs Boson observed with the ATLAS detector at the large hadron collider

The ATLAS collaboration

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Nearly 50 years ago, theoretical physicists proposed that a field permeates the universe and gives energy to the vacuum. This field was required to explain why some, but not all, fundamental particles have mass. Numerous precision measurements during recent decades have provided indirect support for the existence of this field, but one crucial prediction of this theory has remained unconfirmed despite 30 years of experimental searches: the existence of a massive particle, the standard model Higgs boson. The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN has now observed the production of a new particle with a mass of 126 giga-electron volts and decay signatures consistent with those expected for the Higgs particle. This result is strong support for the standard model of particle physics, including the presence of this vacuum field. The existence and properties of the newly discovered particle may also have consequences beyond the standard model itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1576-1582
Number of pages7
Issue number6114
StatePublished - 21 Dec 2012


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National Science Foundation0955626, 1206092
National Science Foundation
Science and Technology Facilities CouncilST/F007337/1, ST/I005803/1, ST/J004944/1, PP/E000347/1, ST/H001069/2, ST/I006080/1, ST/I000186/1, ST/J004928/1, ST/K001361/1, GRIDPP, ST/G502320/1, ST/K001337/1, ST/L001144/1, ST/J002798/1, ST/K00073X/1, ST/K001248/1, PP/E003087/1, ST/H001093/2, ST/M001431/1, ST/M001474/1, ST/H001093/1, ST/I003525/1, ST/M001512/1, ST/F011571/1, PP/E003699/2, PP/E003699/1, ST/J005576/1
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science23340070
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


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