High Energy Physics Conference

The 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 4–11 July 2012.

Physics leaders from around the world, including the directors of the major particle accelerators in Europe, America and Asia came to Melbourne to attend the conference.

Director General of CERN, Professor Rolf Heuer says “ICHEP is the most important conference in the particle physics calendar, and it’s great that it’s happening in Australia for the first time ‐ a sign of that country’s growing stature in the field.” Professor Heuer also announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle during the conference.

Science in Public ran the media program for the conference. All the press releases issued are online below, for more information, contact Niall Byrne on niall@scienceinpublic.com.au.

The conference media website is http://press.highenergyphysicsmedia.com/
The conference website is ichep2012.com.au

The Australian Synchrotron helps its big brother in Geneva

The synchrotron’s intense electron beam contributes to the enhancement of the Large Hadron Collider and the design of future accelerators.

The discovery of a Higgs boson-like particle will see the international research effort shift focus to study its unique characteristics – and it is here that Australia’s Synchrotron is playing a collaborative role with CERN. [continue reading…]

A telescope buried under the Antarctic ice, and recreating the Big Bang underneath Switzerland – high energy physics in Melbourne this week.

Yesterday, we heard from Lyn Evans, “Evans the Atom”, who designed and built the Large Hadron Collider, and is now working on the next generation of atom smashers.

Today, meet Sheldon Stone, who’s recreating the Big Bang at the LHC beauty experiment to find out what was there in the earliest moments of the universe. [continue reading…]

Australian reaction to Higgs announcement

The detection of a Higgs boson-like particle represents a major advance in our understanding of the laws which govern the universe, says Professor Geoff Taylor.

“This is a very exciting time for physicists,” says Professor Taylor, who is chair of the 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP 2012) underway in Melbourne.

Observation of a New Particle with a Mass of 125 GeV

In a joint seminar today at CERN and the “ICHEP 2012” conference[1] in Melbourne, researchers of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) presented their preliminary results on the search for the standard model (SM) Higgs boson in their data recorded up to June 2012.

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Latest Results from ATLAS Higgs Search

On 4 July, 2012, the ATLAS experiment presented a preview of its updated results on the search for the Higgs Boson. The results were shown at a seminar held jointly at CERN and via video link at ICHEP, the International Conference for High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Australia, where detailed analyses will be presented later this week. At CERN, preliminary results were presented to scientists on site and via webcast to their colleagues located in hundreds of institutions around the world.

CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson

Issued on behalf of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Geneva, 4 July 2012.

At a seminar held at CERN today as a curtain raiser to the year’s major particle physics conference, ICHEP2012 in Melbourne, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented their latest preliminary results in the search for the long sought Higgs particle. Both experiments observe a new particle in the mass region around 125-126 GeV.