CERN

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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