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IIHE and the Nobel Prize in Physics
Congratulations to François Englert and Peter Higgs for their receipt of the highest scientific award!
From prediction to discovery: half a century
The IIHE plays an active role on the CMS experiment, which discovered the Standard Model scalar boson on 4th July 2012. This followed more than twenty years of intense development, instrumentation work, data acquisition, and analysis. The scalar boson was proposed in 1964 by François Englert, Robert Brout (deceased), both from ULB, and Peter Higgs, from the University of Edinburgh. Their vital contributions to the understanding of the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking have been recognised with the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics, the highest achievement in the field.
Nobel Prize Announcement Ceremony
On Tuesday 8th October the Nobel Prize Committee announced the winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics:
For the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.
The royal Swedish academy of Sciences has released a document describing the scientific background on the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013. It can be found here.